When Did Our States Become States?

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  • Delaware

    Delaware
    The first of the original 13 colonies.
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    When Did Our States Become States?

  • Pennsylvania

    Pennsylvania
    The second of the original 13 colonies.
  • New Jersey

    New Jersey
    The third of the original 13 colonies.
  • Georgia

    Georgia
    The fourth of the original 13 colonies.
  • Connecticut

    Connecticut
    The fifth of the original 13 colonies.
  • Massachusetts

    Massachusetts
    The sixth of the original 13 colonies.
  • Maryland

    Maryland
    The seventh of the original 13 colonies.
  • South Carolina

    South Carolina
    The eighth of the original 13 colonies.
  • New Hampshire

    New Hampshire
    The ninth of the original 13 colonies.
  • Virginia

    Virginia
    The tenth of the original 13 colonies.
  • New York

    New York
    The eleventh of the original 13 colonies.
  • North Carolina

    North Carolina
    The twelfth of the original 13 colonies.
  • Rhode Island

    Rhode Island
    The last of the original 13 colonies.
  • Vermont

    Vermont
    Until statehood, had been a region claimed by both New York and New Hampshire
  • Kentucky

    Kentucky
    Never a territory, it was part of Virginia until statehood.
  • Tennessee

    Tennessee
    Was part of Southwest Territory before statehood.
  • Ohio

    Ohio
    Was part of the Northwest Territory until statehood.
  • Louisiana

    Louisiana
    With certain boundary changes, had been the Territory of Orleans.
  • Indiana

    Indiana
    There was a residue of Indiana Territory that continued to exist under that name until Dec. 3, 1818, when it was attached to Michigan Territory.
  • Mississippi

    Mississippi
    Territory by Act of April 7, 1798, effective May 7, 1798.
  • Illinois

    Illinois
  • Alabama

    Alabama
    Territory by Act of March 3, 1817, effective Aug. 15, 1817.
  • Maine

    Maine
    What is now the state of Maine was, before statehood, called the District of Maine and belonged to Massachusetts.
  • Missouri

    Missouri
    The state was much smaller than the territory. The area to the west and northwest of the state, which had been in the territory, was commonly known as the "Missouri Country" until May 30, 1854, and certain of the post offices in this area show a Missouri abbreviation in the postmark.
  • Arkansas

    Arkansas
    The territory was larger than the state. After statehood the leftover area to the west had post offices that continued for some years to use an Arkansas abbreviation in the postmarks, although they were really in the "Indian Country."
  • Michigan

    Michigan
  • Florida

    Florida
  • Texas

    Texas
    Was an independent republic before statehood.
  • Iowa

    Iowa
  • Wisconsin

    Wisconsin
    The state is smaller than the territory and the leftover area continued to be called the Territory of Wisconsin until March 3, 1849.
  • California

    California
    Ceded by Mexico by the Treaty of Guadalupe-Hidalgo, concluded Feb. 2, 1848, and proclaimed July 4, 1848. From then until statehood, California had a military government until Dec. 20, 1849, and then a local civil government. It never had a territorial form of government.
  • Minnesota

    Minnesota
  • Oregon

    Oregon
  • Kansas

    Kansas
  • West Virginia

    West Virginia
    Was part of Virginia until statehood
  • Nevada

    Nevada
  • Colorado

    Colorado
  • North Dakota

    North Dakota
    Was part of Dakota Territory before statehood. Admitted on same day as South Dakota
  • South Dakota

    South Dakota
    Was part of Dakota Territory before statehood. Admitted on same day as North Dakota
  • Montana

    Montana
  • Washington

    Washington
  • Idaho

    Idaho
  • Wyoming

    Wyoming
  • Utah

    Utah
  • Oklahoma

    Oklahoma
    The state was formed from Oklahoma Territory and Indian Territory.
  • New Mexico

    New Mexico
  • Arizona

    Arizona
    This region was sometimes called Arizona before 1863, although it was still in the Territory of New Mexico.
  • Alaska

    Alaska
    A district from Oct. 18, 1867, until it became an organized territory Aug. 24, 1912.
  • Hawaii

    Hawaii
    The territorial date Aug. 12, 1898 is that of the formal transfer to the United States, with Sanford B. Dole as first Governor.