What Are the Territories of the United States?


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The territories of the United States are American Samoa, Guam, Midway Islands, Northern Mariana Islands, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The Republic of the Marshall Islands, Federated States of Micronesia and Republic of Palau are former colonies that are in in Free Association with the United States.

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Territory Years of Acquisition and Capital Cities

  • American Samoa was acquired in 1899. Its capital is Pago Pago.
  • Guam was acquired in 1950. Its capital is Agana.
  • Midway Islands were acquired in 1867 and has no capital city.
  • Northern Mariana Islands were acquired in 1947. Its capital is Saipan.
  • Puerto Rico was acquired in 1898. Its capital is San Juan.
  • U.S. Virgin Islands were acquired in 1927. Its capital is Charlotte Amalie.

The Federated States of Micronesia, Republic of the Marshall Islands and Republic of Palau became colonies of the U.S. in 1947. The Federated States of Micronesia gained independence in 1986, and its capital is Pohnpei. Four years later, the Republic of the Marshall Islands gained independence. Its capital city is Majuro. In 1994, Republic of Palau gained independence with Koror as its capital.

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