It has been a long-running debate on exactly where the different regions of the United States start and end.
To address the issue, author Colin Woodward made a map showing that the United States can be divided into 11 distinct sub-nations.
Woodard mapped out the regions in his 2012 book " American Nations: A History of the Eleven Rival Regional Cultures of North America."
"In order to have any productive conversation on these issues, you need to know where you come from," he said. "Once you know where you are coming from, it will help move the conversation forward."
Here are the 11 sub-nations according to Woodward:
- New Netherland
- The Midlands
- Greater Appalachia
- Deep South
- New France
- El Norte
- The Far West
- The Left Coast
- First Nation
Head over at Business Insider for the detailed description of this 11 sub-nations by Woodward.
Image: Colin Woodard