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I was once part of an ocean, more specifically a sea,
my only natural border, is a river sharing a name of what was once a legal enemy.

Hint

I am in North America

Hint2

The river borders something with the same name

Hint3

I am in the great plains

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    $\begingroup$ Is the hint really necessary? The question title itself designates the answer as a place. $\endgroup$ – Quiquȅ Apr 17 '16 at 14:10
  • $\begingroup$ I changed it to something more specific. $\endgroup$ – Darrius Apr 17 '16 at 23:52
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Is it

Kansas
Kansas was covered by the Permian Sea during the Permian era.
It's only natural border is the Missouri river, and Missouri was a recognized Confederate state, but never taken over by the Confederates, which makes it an enemy only legally speaking.

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    $\begingroup$ I'm going to say I think it's this one. I was just coming to post here. And this. $\endgroup$ – SendersReagent Apr 19 '16 at 22:00
  • $\begingroup$ @SendersReagent Thanks for that extra bit...adding to the answer $\endgroup$ – Munir Apr 19 '16 at 22:06
  • $\begingroup$ I wasn't sure if that's okay here, but I didn't see anything in the tour and such. I figured if you weren't sure and you already answered what I was planning to answer, should be fine? $\endgroup$ – SendersReagent Apr 19 '16 at 22:09
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    $\begingroup$ @SendersReagent It's fine...a lot of the answers here are pieced together from contributions of different people. $\endgroup$ – Munir Apr 19 '16 at 22:15
  • $\begingroup$ There isn't any justification why this answer is correct and mine isn't, since both meet all conditions specified. $\endgroup$ – Orch Apr 20 '16 at 15:11
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"The Mexicans and Indians on the borders of Mexico are in the habit of calling any river, the waters of which have a red appearance, 'Rio Colorado', or Red river", observed R.B. Marcy in 1853.


Oklahoma's only natural border is with Texas at the Red River of the South, its name given to us by "Mexicans and Indians," and at least part of the state was once a sea.enter image description here

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  • $\begingroup$ Do what is the enemy? Is it "The South"? $\endgroup$ – SendersReagent Apr 19 '16 at 1:39
  • $\begingroup$ @SendersReagent - The enemies were "Mexicans and Indians." $\endgroup$ – Mazura Apr 19 '16 at 13:54
  • $\begingroup$ Hmm... Well, that doesn't make "Colorado" a "legal enemy," just what said enemies call it. Curious to see what says! $\endgroup$ – SendersReagent Apr 19 '16 at 14:59
  • $\begingroup$ Ohhh, I get it. Named by an enemy. $\endgroup$ – SendersReagent Apr 19 '16 at 15:44
  • $\begingroup$ You were super close. The next hint should give it away. $\endgroup$ – Darrius Apr 19 '16 at 20:09
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Nebraska

Explanation:

It was once part of a sea, has a natural border (a river) that shares the name with the state it borders and the name comes from the Sioux. And of course, it's part of north america and the great plains.

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    $\begingroup$ Can you explain why you think that? Answers without explanation are generally deleted. (Also, welcome to Puzzling!) $\endgroup$ – Deusovi Apr 19 '16 at 22:11
  • $\begingroup$ @Deusovi I think you put this comment on the wrong answer $\endgroup$ – Darrius Apr 19 '16 at 22:41
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    $\begingroup$ @Darrius: Check the timestamps and edit history: it had no explanation when I commented. $\endgroup$ – Deusovi Apr 19 '16 at 23:03
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This is not a perfect answer, but is it:

Imperial Valley, California

Explanation:

Imperial Valley was once part of the Gulf of California, also called the Vermilion Sea. It is bordered by the Colorado River. "Colorado" comes from the Spanish language, and both the Mexicans and Spanish were at a time an enemy of the United States.

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    $\begingroup$ AZ and NV would fit the description if Colorado answers the second part. $\endgroup$ – SendersReagent Apr 17 '16 at 8:27
  • $\begingroup$ Close not what I am looking for. $\endgroup$ – Darrius Apr 17 '16 at 23:50
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Answer:

Colorado Piedmont

This follows everything in the puzzle. Explanation:

This is in Great plains and was once part of an ocean. Colorado river border.

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  • $\begingroup$ You missed out on the hint3. And i can't really find to much information on this so i can't tell you how close you were. $\endgroup$ – Darrius Apr 19 '16 at 20:55

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