Mason and Dixon line


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Noun1.Mason and Dixon line - the boundary between Maryland and PennsylvaniaMason and Dixon line - the boundary between Maryland and Pennsylvania; symbolic dividing line between North and South before the American Civil War
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As readers of cartographic symbols like the Mason and Dixon Line, we almost instinctively engage the past as if it were weightless and beneath our feet, unconscious of the collective past embedded in those geographic symbols.
In general the terms Middle West and Midwest designate the region bounded on the east by the Appalachians, on the north by Canada, on the south by an extension of the Mason and Dixon Line, and on the west by the Rockies.
It has been suggested that it is related to the Mason and Dixon line; others believe that a Louisiana bank, printing its pre - Civil War bills in French with a big DIX ( " ten" ) in the middle of the ten - dollar notes, made the South the land of " dixies.