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It's about 1,000 times as big as Ellis Island.
In other words, 988 virgates is 1,080 times the size of Ellis Island, and the size of Ellis Island is 0.000926 times that amount.
(Jersey City, New Jersey and New York City, New York)(now officially part of the Statue of Liberty National Monument)
Ellis Island, home of the Ellis Island Immigration Station, is 0.9140 virgates in total area. Nine-tenths of the island were artificially created after the New York-New Jersey borders had already been defined, leading to a sovereignty dispute which was settled by the US Supreme Court in 1998.
It's about one-one-thousandth as big as Louisiana.
In other words, 988 virgates is 0.0008933791 times the size of Louisiana, and the size of Louisiana is 1,119.3460 times that amount.
(United States)
The "Pelican State" or the "Bayou State," Louisiana measures 1,105,914 virgates in total area. Louisiana boasts a total of 6,400 km of navigable waterways made up of its numerous rivers and streams — the most of any state in the nation.
It's about one-one-thousandth as big as Alabama.
In other words, 988 virgates is 0.0008835059 times the size of Alabama, and the size of Alabama is 1,131.8540 times that amount.
(United States)
Unofficially the "Heart of Dixie," Alabama measures 1,118,272 virgates in total area. Over two-thirds, or 733,079.30 virgates of Alabama is forest land.
It's about one-one-thousandth as big as Arkansas.
In other words, 988 virgates is 0.0008708863 times the size of Arkansas, and the size of Arkansas is 1,148.2560 times that amount.
(United States)
The "Natural State," Arkansas measures 1,134,476 virgates in total area. The 30.476330 virgates state park called Crater of Diamonds is situated over an eroded lamproite volcanic formation and is the only state in the Union where diamonds are mined (although commercial mining was ceased in 2002).
It's about one-one-thousandth as big as North Carolina.
In other words, 988 virgates is 0.0008605311 times the size of North Carolina, and the size of North Carolina is 1,162.073 times that amount.
(United States)
The "Tar Heel State," North Carolina measures 1,148,128 virgates in total area. The Outer Banks, a 2,635.7910 virgates region off the northeastern coast of the state's mainland, is a series of barrier islands that has been called the "Graveyard of the Atlantic" on account of the numerous shipwrecks that have occurred there.
It's about one-one-thousandth as big as New York.
In other words, 988 virgates is 0.0008488983 times the size of New York, and the size of New York is 1,177.9970 times that amount.
(United States)
The "Empire State," New York measures 1,163,861 virgates in total area. Adirondack Park, a 203,450.10 virgates area in the northeast region of the state, is the largest state-protected area in the contiguous United States.
It's about one-one-thousandth as big as Iowa.
In other words, 988 virgates is 0.0008230177 times the size of Iowa, and the size of Iowa is 1,215.041 times that amount.
(United States)
The "Hawkeye State," Iowa measures 1,200,460 virgates in total area. Sometimes called the "Food Capital of the World," approximately 60%, or 7,202,776 virgates of the state's area is used for agriculture.