One rule in life — things are not always what your common sense thinks they should be.
That’s especially true in geography. For example, go due south from Detroit, Michigan — what is the first foreign country you come to? It’s actually Canada. And did you know the Atlantic Ocean entrance to the Panama Canal is further west than the Pacific Ocean entrance?
Little facts like these are good to know when substitute teaching and you finish the lesson early.
BTW, what is the largest state east of the Mississippi River?