On this day, 250 years ago

On this day, 250 years ago

Work commenced on the historically renowned Mason-Dixon Line establishing, at first, the border between Maryland and Pennsylvania and later Delaware and what was to become West Virginia. Charles Mason and Jeremiah Dixon began their land survey along the Maryland/Pennsylvania border Nov. 15, 1763, which they completed 4 years later in 1767. After American independence from Great Britain, the Mason-Dixon Line became the boundary between the North and South, which leading up to the Civil War was regarded as the line between Southern slave states and Northern free states.

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