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New Hanover is one of the five American territories in Red Dead Redemption 2 and currently the largest territory after New Austin.

Description

The territory is characterized by varied biomes and it comprises three regions. Northeast is where the densely forested Cumberland Forest is located. Right at the center is the prairie plains of The Heartlands. To the east is the hilly and foggy Roanoke Ridge.

There are notable towns and villages situated within the territory. As such, a significant presence of outlaws and bandits roam around the area. Much like New Austin, the territory is in the process of colonization. Regardless, there are still patches of land where there are no settlers, so presence of local wildlife are expected.

Geography

New Hanover is bordered by Flat Iron Lake to the southwest and the Dakota River separating Ambarino and New Hanover to the northeast. Lemoyne to the south and Grizzlies East to the east, bordering Cumberland Forest and Roanoke Ridge.

Cumberland Forest lies less elevated compared to Grizzlies East, although, it serve as a transition between the mountainous woodlands from the plains. The region is one of the smallest in the game.

The Heartlands is characterized by rolling hills and plains. There is not much high elevation compared to other regions aside from the buttes in the heart of the area, and the riverbanks near Dakota River. It is reminiscent to the prairies in Kansas, Wyoming, and South Dakota. It's also a grassland directly north of Louisiana's stand-in, Lemoyne, and directly south of a strain of blizzardy mountains, Ambarino, which perfectly matches up with Arkansas's geography. 

Roanoke Ridge lies near the Lannahechee River and is characterized by densely packed woodlands often surrounded by fog and mist. The Kamassa River lies within this region. There may be precious minerals lying beneath the area since Annesburg is located north-east of the region.

Background

Red Dead Redemption 2

New Hanover opens after the Van der Linde gang relocates to Horseshoe Overlook after "Eastward Bound". The gang stays within the regions for a short while until they move southward towards Lemoyne.

Locations in New Hanover

The Heartlands

Cumberland Forest

Roanoke Ridge

Trivia

  • New Hanover takes it's name from the real life city of Hanover, Germany.
  • The name is possibly a reference to the large dispora of Germans that settled in America during the westward expansion of the country. (Even today, much of the real-life American "Heartland" is of German descent)
  • Much like New Austin, New Hanover is a culmination of several real-life American States:
  • The Heartlands are based upon the real-life American Heartlands in the interior states of Oklahoma, Kansas, and both North and South Dakota.
  • Cumberland Forest is based upon the foothills region of the Rocky Mountains in Eastern Colorado.
  • Roanoke Ridge is based upon the Appalachian Mountain region, particularly Arkansas, Kentucky, Tennessee, and West Virginia.
  • New Hanover has the most number of newspapers running in the state, with three being spread across Valentine, Annesburg, and Van Horn Trading Post.

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