This map shows how the US really has 11 separate 'nations' with entirely different cultures

11 Nations

In his fourth book, “American
Nations: A History of the Eleven Rival Regional Cultures in North
,” award-winning author Colin Woodard identifies 11
distinct cultures that have historically divided the US.

“The country has been arguing about a lot of fundamental things
lately including state roles and individual liberty,” Woodard, a
Maine native who won the
2012 George Polk Award
for investigative reporting, told
Business Insider.

“[But] in order to have any productive conversation on these
issues,” he added, “you need to know where you come from. Once you
know where you are coming from it will help move the conversation

Here’s how Woodard describes each nation:


Encompassing the entire Northeast north of New York City and
spreading through Michigan, Wisconsin, and Minnesota,
Yankeedom values education, intellectual achievement, communal
empowerment, and citizen participation in government as a shield
against tyranny. Yankees are comfortable with government
regulation. Woodard notes that Yankees have a “Utopian streak.” The
area was settled by radical Calvinists. 

New Netherland

A highly commercial culture, New Netherland is “materialistic,
with a profound tolerance for ethnic and religious diversity and an
unflinching commitment to the freedom of inquiry and conscience,”
according to Woodard. It is a natural ally with Yankeedom and
encompasses New York City and northern New Jersey. The area was
settled by the Dutch. 

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The Midlands

Settled by English Quakers, The Midlands are a welcoming
middle-class society that spawned the culture of the “American
Heartland.” Political opinion is moderate, and government
regulation is frowned upon. Woodard calls the ethnically diverse
Midlands “America’s great swing region.” Within the Midlands are
parts of New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois,
Missouri, Iowa, Kansas, and Nebraska. 


Tidewater was built by the young English gentry in the area
around the Chesapeake Bay and North Carolina. Starting as a feudal
society that embraced slavery, the region places a high value on
respect for authority and tradition. Woodard notes that Tidewater
is in decline, partly because “it has been eaten away by the
expanding federal halos around D.C. and Norfolk.”

Greater Appalachia

Colonized by settlers from the war-ravaged borderlands of
Northern Ireland, northern England, and the Scottish lowlands,
Greater Appalachia is stereotyped as the land of hillbillies and
rednecks. Woodard says Appalachia values personal sovereignty and
individual liberty and is “intensely suspicious of lowland
aristocrats and Yankee social engineers alike.” It sides with the
Deep South to counter the influence of federal government. Within
Greater Appalachia are parts of Kentucky, Tennessee, West Virginia,
Arkansas, Missouri, Oklahoma, Indiana, Illinois, and Texas.


Deep South

The Deep South was established by English slave lords from
Barbados and was styled as a West Indies-style slave society,
Woodard notes. It has a very rigid social structure and fights
against government regulation that threatens individual liberty.
Alabama, Florida, Mississippi, Texas, Georgia, and South Carolina
are all part of the Deep South.

El Norte

Composed of the borderlands of the Spanish-American empire, El
Norte is “a place apart” from the rest of America, according to
Woodard. Hispanic culture dominates in the area, and the region
values independence, self-sufficiency, and hard work above all
else. Parts of Texas, Arizona, New Mexico, and California are in El

The Left Coast

Colonized by New Englanders and Appalachian Midwesterners, the
Left Coast is a hybrid of “Yankee utopianism and Appalachian
self-expression and exploration,” Woodard says, adding that it is
the staunchest ally of Yankeedom. Coastal California, Oregon, and
Washington are in the Left Coast.

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The Far West

The conservative west. Developed through large investment in
industry, yet where inhabitants continue to “resent” the Eastern
interests that initially controlled that investment. The Far West
spans several states, including Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, Utah,
Nevada, Nebraska, Kansas, Arizona, New Mexico, Colorado, North
Dakota, South Dakota, Washington, Oregon, and

New France

A pocket of liberalism nestled in the Deep South, its people are
consensus driven, tolerant, and comfortable with government
involvement in the economy. Woodard says New France is among the
most liberal places in North America. New France is focused around
New Orleans in Louisiana as well as the Canadian province of

First Nation

Made up of Native Americans, the First Nation’s members enjoy

tribal sovereignty
in the US. Woodard says the territory of
the First Nations is huge, but its population is under 300,000,
most of whose people live in the northern reaches of Canada.

Woodard says that among these 11 nations, Yankeedom and the Deep
South exert the most influence and are constantly competing with
each other for the hearts and minds of the other nations.

“We are trapped in brinkmanship because there is not a lot of
wiggle room between Yankee and Southern Culture,” Woodard says.
“Those two nations would never see eye to eye on anything besides
an external threat.”

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Woodard also believes the nation is likely to become more
polarized, even though America is becoming a more diverse place
every day. He says this is because people are “self-sorting.”

“People choose to move to places where they identify with the
values,”  Woodard says. “Red minorities go south and blue
minorities go north to be in the majority. This is why blue states
are getting bluer and red states are getting redder and the middle
is getting smaller.”

This is an update of an earlier post.

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This map shows how the US really has 11 separate 'nations' with entirely different cultures