Kanawha - the rough draft of West Virginia

Before West Virginia was, well, "West Virginia," it was "Kanawha." That was the original name for a proposed state that would split from Virginia. The idea actually dates back to long before the Civil War. And the reason is crystal clear on this historic map. Darker-shaded counties have more slaves, lighter counties have fewer. You can see at a glance that the people of western Virginia had fewer slaves, and thus were much less interest in preserving the institution of slavery. When statehood finally came to pass, the shape of the new state was pretty close to the plan of Kanawha.  What I can't figure out, however, is why the "N" in Kanawha is backward.

4 comments:

  1. KAИAWHA! That's pretty funny. Maybe the artist was Russian XD

    ReplyDelete
  2. Soviet Communist subterfuge is exactly what I thought of too.

    ReplyDelete
  3. I'm doing a project on the public schools in Jefferson County, WV and I can't seem to find out when Charles Town Middle School was built. It used to be Charles Town Junior High. Does anyone know? The rough draft is due tomorrow and I really need the answer soon. Thank you!

    phlebotomy training west-virginia

    ReplyDelete
  4. By jiminy, that N is backwards! but how?

    ReplyDelete