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I'm newbie in GIS. I want use the shapefiles of USA map for my Geoserver. Where can I download shapes for USA? I know about the TIGER\Line shapes but it is separate shapes of counties and thematic maps (e.g. american indian areas). I want something like OpenStreetMap. P.S. Sorry for my english )

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You can get polygon shapefiles of the US from They cover the whole world.

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GREAT resource! thanks. +1 – CaptDragon Mar 9 '11 at 14:48

For just the state boundaries, you can download data from If you're interested in the actual OSM data, you can download it at cloudmade, but it takes some processing to work with and is a fairly complex dataset.

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Indian Lands too: – neuhausr Mar 9 '11 at 15:50

I think you'll be able to find the data for the native american people and much more on this site

@underdark: thanks for your link, i didnt know that site.

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