Nobody Knows Where Oklahoma Exits In America
I learned something interesting over the weekend. The experts across the various sciences that edit and provide the general layout of the United State of America have no idea where Oklahoma is or where it actually belongs.
That's not to say people can't pick it out on a map, our state's unique shape is pretty iconic. Even people who've never been to Oklahoma can identify it on any map. It's that panhandle notoriety, but when it comes to labeling the regions of the US, we appear differently on just about every map.
What I'm talking about is the regional makeup of the states and how our state can somehow fit every different layout there is.
Depending on which regional makeup map you look at, Oklahoma is categorized as being located in The Midwest, The South, The Southwest, The Mountain West, The Intermountain Region, and of course, The Central Plains.
Why can't anyone agree where Oklahoma is in the grand scheme of America?
The only two regional titles never bestowed upon our state are literally The East or The West. We're just existing somehow in between and there's no way to solidify our place in this country.
We're not alone in this either, Texas suffers a similar fate being torn between being located in The South and The Southwest, but at almost a thousand miles wide, it remains somehow correct in both references... That is not the case in Oklahoma.
If you hop on Wikipedia, Oklahoma is included in eleven different sub-regions of America.
Technically, we're part of the American Frontier, High Plains, Central United States, Ozarks, Great American Desert, Interior Plains, Southern United States, Southwestern United States, Great Plains, Tornado Alley, Trans-Mississippi, and the Upland South.
Go back further in history and we were once part of the Spanish Empire, later the French territory of Louisiana, even later Mexico's Nuevo Mexico, and once included in the embarrassingly short-lived experiment that was The Republic of Texas.
It's no wonder we're a lost state to the rest of the country.
There lies the great debate. Where do you think Oklahoma fits on the map of regions?
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