Thomas Jefferson played a major roll in the shape of western states. Today you made suggestions about reorganizing the state boundaries in states like California, Texas, Florida, & New York. After Lewis & Clark returned from their great adventure, Jefferson realized the inequality in size and representation of eastern states. Additionally, eastern state boundaries were not static. Rivers that represented state boundaries changed course. Jefferson dictated that all the new states should be equal in area and the boundaries should be well defined and immovable. That worked well until the US decided to take much Mexican property during the Mexican/American war. As a result states like Texas and California do not comply with Jefferson's rules.