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West Virginia is a state in the Appalachian, Upland South, and Mid-Atlantic regions of the United States, bordered by Virginia on the southeast, Kentucky on the southwest, Ohio on the northwest, andPennsylvania and Maryland on the northeast. The capital and largest city is Charleston.
Historically the area now occupied by West Virginia was contested territory, mainly by Pennsylvaniaand Virginia. Some speculative land companies, such as the Vandalia Company, and later the Ohio Company and Indiana Company tried to legitimize their claims to land in parts of West Virginia and Kentucky but failed. With the settlement of the Pennsylvania and Virginia border dispute, which resulted in the creation of Kentucky, Kentuckians "were satisfied...and the inhabitants of a large part of West Virginia were grateful."