July 26, 1788
US States: Order and Dates of Statehood
|47. New Mexico||January 6, 1912|
|48. Arizona||February 14, 1912|
|49. Alaska||January 3, 1959|
|50. Hawaii||August 21, 1959|
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.
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 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. Washington D.C. is a federal district under the authority of Congress.
On September 9, 1776, the Second Continental Congress adopted a new name for what had been called the “United Colonies.” The moniker United States of America has remained since then as a symbol of freedom and independence.
Dates of Succession to the Union From “The First State” (Delaware in 1787), to the last state to join the Union 172 years later ( Hawaii in 1959), each state has an individual history, topography, and cultural heritage – each is a unique entity as well as part of the nation.
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.
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.
For both New Mexico and Arizona , the road to statehood was protracted and contentious. However, after much effort, on January 6, 1912 New Mexico became the 47th state and on February 14, 1912 Arizona became the 48th state in the Union.