How Your State Was Founded

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Since the United States of America declared its independence from the British Empire, every state has carved out its own individual identity. From the 13 original colonies to 50 different states, each part of the country has had a unique journey to become one of the stars on the American flag.

From Delaware in 1787 to Hawaii in 1959, each state has had different reasons for wanting to join the Union, or the U.S. has had different reasons for wanting to bring the state into the fold. During the 19th century, Americans felt it was their “Manifest Destiny” to expand the nation across the entire continent. The U.S. added 14 new states from 1812 to 1850, bringing the total to 31 states and signaling a new era in American history.

Some states, like California, had an easy time getting into the Union, mostly due to economic reasons. After the discovery of gold, the Golden State was fast-tracked into the U.S. Other states, like Utah, were kept as territories for decades before finally being admitted into the Union.

24/7 Wall St. reviewed historical records and media sources to determine how each state was founded.

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