States of America Worksheets

Why is America Broken into States?

The really answer is that the States were there first. America began as a group of English settlers began to colonize the area. Colonies formed into their own independent political bodies eventually forming what we today would call States. As with any culture based on the resources of each colony and the leaders, in power, each colony had their own unique motivations, interests, and culture. Collective overtime the colonies formed a federation out of necessity to gain their freedom from English rule. Having just released themselves from the rule of a national government the colonists were not in a hurry to establish a central authority. To this day States have a good degree of sovereignty and reflect the values and ideology of people in that area. Officials at the State level are elected and as a result must answer for their actions at each election.

The Midwest

We explore the middle of the country. This includes: Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, East North Central, Ohio, and Wisconsin.

Northeast States

Includes: Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Vermont, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania.

South Atlantic

Washington, D.C. , Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Maryland, Carolinas, and Virginia.

South Central

Alabama, Arkansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Oklahoma, Tennessee, and Texas.

West States

Alaska, California, Hawaii, Oregon, Pacific, and Washington.