Full story Journalist Colin Woodard says the United States is actually made up of 11 culturally distinct nation-states
Each state evolved according to the colonial force that established it
Rather than merge, these 11 nations are becoming even more discrete, with like-minded communities reinforcing prevailing political, religious and cultural attitudes
You might think you live in a nation of 50 unified states, but according to author and journalist Colin Woodard, the U.S. is a lot less united than we like to think.
According to Woodard, the country is divided not by state lines but is in fact separated into 11 neatly delineated nation states where dominant cultures are explained by who their early settlers were 'and the lasting cultural fissures they established.'
Woodard writes in Tufts University's alumni magazine that the original North American cultures developed in isolation from each other in distinct regions settled by Britain, France, the Netherlands and Spain.