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History of the United States I

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Question 4 of 8

The Mason-Dixon Line, surveyed in the 1760s, was important for which of the following reasons?

  • A.

    It became the basis for the boundary between the United States and Canada.

  • B.

    It carved out the territory that later became the District of Columbia.

  • C.

    It marked the westernmost limit of settlement for European colonists after the French and Indian War.

  • D.

    It referred to the line where British troops assembled in their efforts to turn back the colonists’ rebellion.

  • E.

    It was used as the dividing line between free and slave states in the Missouri Compromise of 1820.

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