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This is the West Virginia state category. West Virginia's capital city is Charleston, and its postal abbreviation is WV. West Virginia entered the Union as the 35th state, on June 20, 1863. It is the 41st largest state, with an area of 24,231 square miles. West Virginia is located in east central United States. Its terrain is mountainous and rugged. West Virginia has two narrow projections: the Northern Panhandle extends northward between Ohio and Pennsylvania; and the Eastern Panhandle cuts eastward between Maryland and Virginia. The Potomac River forms much of the state's eastern border, and the Ohio River forms most of its western border. In 1727, Germans established the first settlement at New Mecklenburg. Settlers crossing the Appalachian and Allegheny mountains prompted the last of the French and Indian Wars, from 1754 to 1763. Originally part of Virginia, the region separated from the rest of the state in 1861, when Virginia seceded from the Union over the issue of slavery.