This Amazing U.S. Map Gif Shows Over 200 Years Of How America Has Changed It's Borders

Several states we have today weren't even a thing until well after the Civil War! This is fascinating!

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    This incredible animation shows the evolution of America and it's United States:

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    It's a ton of information all at once, so we've broken it down for you.The first bit shows America in it's infancy, 20+ years on from it's founding. It's fascinating how much of New England's borders have stayed the same as everything changes around them:

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    Then the landscape begins to change rapidly as countries such as Spain, France, and the UK continue to fight over land:

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    The wars continue, with Mexico vying for much of the Southwest.

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    As the Civil War breaks out, green is introduced to the Gif to represent the Confederacy. The West was still mostly undefined 'territories' at this point.

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    The U.S. slowly approaches our modern borders as Alaska finally becomes part of the U.S. Notice it was Russia up until this point.

    Alaska still isn't a state at this point, just a district.

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    Then we see the good ol' U.S. of A take it's current shape - with the last 'territory' officially becoming a state - Hawaii - in 1959 along with Alaska.

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    Amazing isn't it? Check out the GIF again now that you've seen it broken down:

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    Did you have any idea how much America has changed? Share with your friends and see if they did!

    Thanks to Imgur for the original GIF!

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