On March 4, 1789, the U.S. Constitution took effect, forming a nation of 13 colonies and a whole heck of a lot of unorganized territory. On August 21, 1959, Congress admitted Hawaii as the 50th state. Now, a clever Reddit user, Anthony Vincent, on the subreddit appropriately dubbed Mapporn, has made this handy gif, using maps created by another cartographic expert, Andrew Leonard, of all the steps it took to get us from point A to point B:

Graphic courtesy Anthony Vincent

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