Ch. 13.7 Fragmented government

Cities traditionally grew through annexation

Annexation

The process of legally adding land area to a city is annexation.

Metropolitan government

The number of local government exceeds 20,000 throughout the United States, including several hundred in the Detroit area alone.

Consolidation of city and country governments

Examples include Indianapolis and Miami.
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US History Project - Texas Annexation and Revolution
TEXAS: U.S. EXPANSION