As it turned out, Alaska entered as a state at the very beginning of 1959, making it the 49th, and when Hawaii came in several months later, it became the 50th state of the Union.
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.
August 21, 1959
Some ethnically Polynesian Hawaiians opposed the change from territory to state because, while they had come to feel comfortably “American,” they feared that the Japanese population on Hawaii (perhaps as high as 30%) would, under a universal franchise authorized by statehood, organize and vote itself into power to the
ALASKA was a Russian colony from 1744 until the USA bought it in 1867 for $7,200,000. It was made a state in 1959. Hawaii was a kingdom until 1893 and became a republic in 1894. It then ceded itself to the USA in 1898 and became a state in 1959.
Seceding from a state and forming a new one requires the approval of the both the original state and the U.S. Congress. The State of Jefferson would be our 52nd state , the 51st being the now-aborning North Colorado.
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Hawaii Becomes our 50th State . These scenic islands have a long history. Hawaii officially became the fiftieth state on August 21, 1959. It is one of the smallest states , and it is the only state made up entirely of islands.
The United States was formed as a result of the American Revolution when the thirteen American colonies revolted against the rule of Great Britain. These thirteen colonies became the first 13 states as each ratified the Constitution. The first state to ratify the Constitution was Delaware on December 7, 1787.
States and Territories Alabama, Alaska, American Samoa, Arizona, Arkansas. California, Colorado, Connecticut. Delaware, District of Columbia. Florida. Georgia, Guam. Hawaii. Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa. Kansas, Kentucky.
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.
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.