Why is West Virginia no longer a part of Virginia?

Question by Gymnast22500: Why is West Virginia no longer a part of Virginia?
My teacher and my class were looking at a map of the U.S. and we noticed that Virginia was a lot larger then it is on a present day map. I told my teacher this and she told me to look it up over the weekend and I can’t find an answer.

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Answer by Sarah
One of the governors of Virginia wanted to cut out a piece that looked like a flower (which became West Virginia) to show his wife for their 40th anniversary.

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