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Encyclopedia > Mid Atlantic States
Regional definitions vary from source to source. The states shown in dark red are usually included, while all or portions of the striped states may or may not be considered part of the Mid-Atlantic.
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Regional definitions vary from source to source. The states shown in dark red are usually included, while all or portions of the striped states may or may not be considered part of the Mid-Atlantic.

The Mid-Atlantic region of the United States of America traditionally refers to that section of the Atlantic Seaboard between New England and the South. Image File history File links US_map-Mid-Atlantic. ... Image File history File links US_map-Mid-Atlantic. ... Regional definitions vary from source to source. ... This article is about the region in the United States of America. ... Southern United States. ...


In recent years, the popular usage has also included the Baltimore-Washington metropolitan area with the growing economic integration of that region into the Northeast Corridor. The official U.S. Census Bureau-designated Washington-Baltimore-Northern Virginia, DC-MD-VA-WV Combined Statistical Area. ... The BosWash or Bosnywash or Boshington megalopolis is the name for a group of metropolitan areas in the northeastern United States, extending from Boston, Massachusetts to Washington, D.C., including New York City, Baltimore, and Philadelphia. ...

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Traditional definition

Definitions of the Mid-Atlantic region usually include the following states:[1]

These areas provided the young United States with heavy industry and served as the "melting pot" of new immigrants from Europe. Cities grew along major shipping routes and waterways. Such flourishing cities included New York City on the Hudson River, Philadelphia on the Delaware River, and Baltimore on the Chesapeake Bay. Official language(s) None, English de facto Capital Albany Largest city New York City Area  Ranked 27th  - Total 54,520 sq. ... Official language(s) None, English de facto Capital Trenton Largest city Newark Area  Ranked 47th  - Total 8,729 sq. ... Official language(s) None Capital Harrisburg Largest city Philadelphia Area  Ranked 33rd  - Total 46,055 sq. ... Official language(s) None Capital Dover Largest city Wilmington Area  Ranked 49th  - Total 2,491 sq. ... Official language(s) None (English, de-facto) Capital Annapolis Largest city Baltimore Area  Ranked 42nd  - Total 12,417 sq. ... Official language(s) English Capital Richmond Largest city Virginia Beach Area  Ranked 35th  - Total 42,793 sq. ... Official language(s) English Capital Charleston Largest city Charleston Area  Ranked 41st  - Total 24,244 sq. ... Heavy industry does not have a single fixed meaning compared to light industry. ... Immigration is the act of relocating to another country or region, whether temporarily or permanently. ... World map showing Europe Europe is one of the seven continents of Earth which, in this case, is more a cultural and political distinction than a physiographic one, leading to various perspectives about Europes borders. ... Flag Seal Nickname: The Big Apple, The Capital of the World[1], Gotham Location Location in the state of New York Government Counties (Boroughs) Bronx (The Bronx) New York (Manhattan) Queens (Queens) Kings (Brooklyn) Richmond (Staten Island) Mayor Michael Bloomberg (R) Geographical characteristics Area    - City 1,214. ... View of the Hudson in the 1880s showing Jersey City The Hudson River, called Muh-he-kun-ne-tuk in Mahican, is a river running mainly through New York State but partly forming the boundary between the states of New York and New Jersey. ... Motto: Philadelphia maneto (Let brotherly love continue) Nickname: City of Brotherly Love, Philly, the Quaker City Map Political Statistics Founded October 27, 1682 Incorporated October 25, 1701 County Philadelphia County Mayor John F. Street (D) Geographic Statistics Area  - Total  - Land  - Water 369 km² (143 mi²) 350 km² (135 mi²) 20... Delaware River Watershed The Delaware River is a river on the Atlantic coast of the United States. ... Flag Seal Nickname: Monument City (by John Quincy Adams on a visit in 1827), Charm City, Mob Town, B-more Motto: The Greatest City in America (formerly The City That Reads; BELIEVE is not the official motto but rather a specific campaign) Location Location of Baltimore in Maryland Government Country... Chesapeake Bay - Landsat photo Chesapeake Bay where the Susquehanna River empties into it. ...


The region is argubly the most ethnically diverse regions in the country, let alone the world. Large populations of African-Americans, Hispanics, Asians, West Indians, Arabs, and Europeans reside and continue to come to these Mid-Atlantic states. African Americans, also known as Afro-Americans or black Americans, are an ethnic group in the United States of America whose ancestors, usually in predominant part, were indigenous to Sub-Saharan and West Africa. ... Hispanic, as used in the United States, is one of several terms used to categorize US citizens, permanent residents and temporary immigrants, whose background hail either from the Spanish-speaking countries of Latin America or relating to a Spanish-speaking culture. ... The term Asian can refer to something or someone from Asia. ... The Caribbean or the West Indies is a group of islands in the Caribbean Sea. ... For other uses, see Arab (disambiguation). ... This article is about the continent. ...


Southern expansion

Historically Maryland and Delaware were considered part of the Southern United States due to their Slave state status and the Census Bureau still places them in that region. However, due to their higher levels of urbanization and industrialization they are now usually considered part of the Mid-Atlantic. Southern influence has waned considerably in Delaware and the urbanized portions of Maryland, but remains present in parts of rural Maryland, especially the state's Eastern Shore. Official language(s) None (English, de-facto) Capital Annapolis Largest city Baltimore Area  Ranked 42nd  - Total 12,417 sq. ... Official language(s) None Capital Dover Largest city Wilmington Area  Ranked 49th  - Total 2,491 sq. ... Southern United States. ... A slave state is a U.S. State that had legal slavery (overwhelmingly the enslavement of African-Americans, although historically also the enslavement of Native Americans, and Whites through indentured servitude) in the period leading up to the American Civil War and the Emancipation Proclamation. ... The United States Census Bureau (officially Bureau of the Census) is a part of the United States Department of Commerce. ...


The same could be said for Virginia and West Virginia which are often placed in this region as due to their geographic position. The EPA and USGS both include those states in their respective Mid-Atlantic administrative regions. Official language(s) English Capital Richmond Largest city Virginia Beach Area  Ranked 35th  - Total 42,793 sq. ... Official language(s) English Capital Charleston Largest city Charleston Area  Ranked 41st  - Total 24,244 sq. ... The mission of the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is to protect human health and to safeguard the natural environment: air, water, and land. ... The United States Geological Survey (USGS) is a scientific agency of the United States government. ...


History

From early colonial times, the Mid-Atlantic region was settled by a wider range of European peoples than in New England or the South. The New Netherland settlement along the Hudson River in New York and New Jersey, and for a time New Sweden along the Delaware River in Delaware, divided the two great bulwarks of English settlement from each other. The original English settlements in the region notably provided refuge to religious minorities, Maryland to Roman Catholics, and Pennsylvania to the Friends and the mostly Anabaptist Pennsylvania Germans. In time, all these settlements fell under English control, but the region continued to be a magnet for people of diverse nationalities. Map based on Adriaen Blocks 1614 expedition to New Netherland, featuring the first use of the name. ... New Sweden, or Nya Sverige, was a small Swedish settlement along the Delaware River on the Mid-Atlantic coast of North America. ... It has been suggested that this article or section be merged with Catholicism. ... The Religious Society of Friends (commonly known as Quakers or Friends) was founded in England in the 17th century by people who were dissatisfied with the existing denominations and sects of Christianity. ... The Pennsylvania Dutch (perhaps more strictly Pennsylvania Deitsch or Pennsylvanian German) are descendants of German speaking immigrants who came to Pennsylvania in the early 1700s. ...


Early settlers were mostly farmers and traders, and the region, called the Middle Colonies, served as a stategic bridge between North and South. Philadelphia, midway between the northern and southern colonies, was home to the Continental Congress, the convention of delegates from the original colonies that organized the American Revolution. The same city was the birthplace of the Declaration of Independence in 1776 and the U.S. Constitution in 1787. The Middle Colonies were a part of the original Thirteen Colonies that would later become The United States of America. ... Philadelphia is a village located in Jefferson County, New York. ... The Continental Congress is the label given to three successive bodies of representatives: The First Continental Congress met from September 5, 1774 to October 26, 1774. ... The American Revolution was an upheaval that ended British control of middle North America, resulting ultimately in the formation of the United States of America. ... A declaration of independence is a proclamation of the independence of an aspiring state or states. ... This article is about the year 1776. ... Page I of the Constitution of the United States of America Page II of the United States Constitution Page III of the United States Constitution Page IV of the United States Constitution The Syng inkstand, with which the Constitution was signed The Constitution of the United States is the supreme... 1787 was a common year starting on Monday (see link for calendar). ...


Economy

Like New England, the Mid-Atlantic region has seen much of its heavy industry relocate elsewhere. Other industries, such as drug manufacturing and communications, have taken up the slack. Most of the nation's television stations are stationed in the Mid-Atlantic, as well as many of the insurance, medicare, and business corporations in North America. This article is about the region in the United States of America. ... World map showing North America A satellite composite image of North America. ...


See also

This list of regions of the United States includes official (governmental) and non-official areas within the borders of the United States, not including U.S. states, the federal district of Washington, D.C. or standard subentities such as cities or counties. ...

External links

  • http://geology.er.usgs.gov/states/mid_atl.html
Geographic regions of the United States
Central • Coastal States • Deep South • East • East Coast • Great Basin • Gulf Coast • Mid-Atlantic • Midwest • Mountain States • New England • North • Northeast • Northwest • Pacific • South • South Atlantic • South Central • Southeast • Southwest • Upper Midwest • West • West Coast
Multinational regions: Border States • Great Lakes • Great Plains • Pacific Northwest

 
 

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