1898: Hawaii annexed as a United States territory. 1959: Alaska and Hawaii admitted, respectively, as the 49th and 50th states of the Union.
States of the U.S. 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.
The terms exclude the non-contiguous states of Alaska and Hawaii , and all other off-shore insular areas, such as American Samoa, U.S. Virgin Islands, Northern Mariana Islands, Guam and Puerto Rico.
Like Hawaii , Alaska became a state only after World War II. The Democrats, out of power and looking for an advantage, wanted to acquire the two senate seats that would be awarded to Alaska if it became a state . They were successful, and Alaska became the 49th state on January 3, 1959.
List of U.S. states
|State||Date (admitted or ratified)|
|47||New Mexico||January 6, 1912 (admitted)|
|48||Arizona||February 14, 1912 (admitted)|
|49||Alaska||January 3, 1959 (admitted)|
|50||Hawaii||August 21, 1959 (admitted)|
Puerto Ricans have been citizens of the United States since 1917, and can move freely between the island and the mainland. As it is not a state, Puerto Rico does not have a vote in the U.S. Congress, which governs the unincorporated territory with jurisdiction under the Puerto Rico Federal Relations Act of 1950.
Because they think there are 50 “contiguous” states plus Hawaii and Alaska for 52 . If they knew simple geography and U. S. History they ‘d know there are only 48 contiguous states . There are only 50 states in the US and that includes 2 which do not have land borders with the main country: Alaska and Hawaii.
Washington, D.C., formally the District of Columbia and also known as D.C. or Washington, is the capital city of the United States of America. The U.S. Constitution provided for a federal district under the exclusive jurisdiction of U.S. Congress; the district is therefore not a part of any U.S. state.
” Lower 48 ” means lower numerically as in the first 48 states to join the union. Alaska being the 49th state and Hawaii the 50th state . This is convenient way to denote the 48 contiguous states of the USA for various purposes such as shipping rates, weather, etc.
Use contiguous , or conterminous , for the 48 states . The continental United States comprises the 48 contiguous , or conterminous , states plus Alaska. See also Alaska, United States .
The purchase of Alaska in 1867 marked the end of Russian efforts to expand trade and settlements to the Pacific coast of North America , and became an important step in the United States rise as a great power in the Asia-Pacific region.
In 1898, a wave of nationalism was caused by the Spanish- American War. Because of these nationalistic views, President William McKinley annexed Hawaii from the United States . It took 60 years from the time Hawaii became a United States territory until it was declared a state on August 21st, 1959.
Queen Liliuokalani attempted to restore royal powers in 1893 but was placed under house arrest by businessmen with help from the US military. Against the Queen’s wishes, the Republic of Hawaii was formed for a short time. This government agreed on behalf of Hawaii to join the US in 1898 as the Territory of Hawaii.