Northern United States

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This video was taken by the crew of Expedition 29 on board the ISS on a pass over the Northern United States at night.

The Northern United States of America (sometimes described simply as the North), may refer to:

  • The U.S. states that remained in the existing Union during the American Civil War. When referring to the Northern United States in this context, it is common to use the shorter form "The North" (contrasting with "The South" which most often refers to the southern states which declared secession). Which states the historical "North" actually comprises in this context is the subject of some minor disagreement. Those states which did not permit slavery are almost always included in this grouping, while some slave-holding states that remained in the Union (such as Maryland, Delaware and Missouri) are often excluded.[2] Additionally, some states which are occasionally counted as "northern" in this context are not necessarily located in the geographic north.

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  1. ^ a b "Census Regions and Divisions of the United States". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2009-10-27. 
  2. ^ "the North (region, United States)". Encyclopædia Britannica Online. 2009. Retrieved 2009-10-27.