How The States Got Their Shapes premiered on HIST on April 6, 2011. Why does Montana look like it took a bite out of Idaho? Why is Georgia plotting to re-draw its border with Tennessee? Why does Florida have a panhandle? Why isn't Chicago in Wisconsin? The map of the United States is a jigsaw puzzle of crooked lines, right angles and odd shapes. Some pieces are outsized; others are minuscule. The reason for our jagged geography? American history. This series criss-crosses the nation in search of the stories behind our boundaries and discovers not only how the states got their shapes, but how the states have shaped us.