hurricane destruction last fall that most Americans don’t know much about the 16 U.S. territories. Sixteen? Yes, but you’ve probably heard of only the five that have permanent residents: American Samoa, Guam, Northern Mariana Islands, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
Five territories (American Samoa, Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands) are permanently inhabited, unincorporated territories; the other nine are small islands, atolls, and reefs with no native (or permanent) population.
There are fifty (50) states and Washington D.C.The last two states to join the Union were Alaska (49th) and Hawaii (50th). Both joined in 1959. Washington D.C. is a federal district under the authority of Congress. Local government is run by a mayor and 13 member city council.
In addition to the 50 states and federal district, the United States has sovereignty over 14 territories. Five of them (American Samoa, Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands) have a permanent, nonmilitary population, while nine of them do not.
The United States of America
USA has had 50 states since 1959. The District of Columbia is a federal district, not a state. Many lists include DC and Puerto Rico, which makes for 52 “states and other jurisdictions”.
Because they get confused with a deck of cards – it’s all ‘fifty-something’. It’s because Washington D.C isn’t counted because it is the nation’s capital. If it were counted there would be 50. There are 50 states plus Washington D.C.
Alaska has the largest land area in the United States followed by Texas and California. Alaska has the largest land area in the United States followed by Texas and California. Alaska has more land area than Texas, California & Montana combined. Eight (8) states have over 100,000 square miles of land area.
There are 61 colonies or territories in the world. Eight countries maintain them: Australia (6), Denmark (2), Netherlands (2), France (16), New Zealand (3), Norway (3), the United Kingdom (15), and the United States (14).
On May 15, 2013, Resident Commissioner Pierluisi introduced H.R. 2000 to Congress to “set forth the process for Puerto Rico to be admitted as a state of the Union”, asking for Congress to vote on ratifying Puerto Rico as the 51st state.
The result is a patchwork of uneven constitutional protections across the five remaining territories of Puerto Rico, Guam, the U.S. Virgin Islands, American Samoa and the Northern Mariana Islands. Residents of some territories are U.S. citizens by birth; others are not.
U.S. nationals have the right to reside within the United States and its territories indefinitely. U.S. nationals may also apply for citizenship if they choose. Residents of American Samoa cannot vote in federal elections, but they do elect a nonvoting delegate to the U.S. House of Representatives.
and the U.S. territories are American citizens who are taxed without representation in Congress. While citizens of all territories pay many federal taxes, D.C. is the only territory where people pay federal income taxes.
Summary: 1. A territory is an area which is under the control of another state or government and does not have sovereignty while a state is also known as a country or an organized political organization which enjoys sovereignty.
Congress established Maine as the 23rd state under the Missouri Compromise of 1820.
|State||Entered Union||Year settled|
|1. Delaware||Dec. 7, 1787||1638|
|2. Pennsylvania||Dec. 12, 1787||1682|
|3. New Jersey||Dec. 18, 1787||1660|
|4. Georgia||Jan. 2, 1788||1733|
The system of government in states closely resembles that of the Union. There are 28 states and 8 Union territories in the country. Union Territories are administered by the President through an Administrator appointed by him/her.
The 48-star flag is the flag that soldiers and sailors fought for during World War II. … It is the flag that Harry S Truman saluted when he was the President of the United States. The number of stars on the American flag first grew to 48 in 1912 with the addition of New Mex- ico and Arizona.
Wyoming, 52. Washington DC. However, there are actually only 50 United States. Washington DC and Puerto Rico are not really states… Or at least not in this reality.