Hawaii joined the United States in 1898 as a U.S. territory through the federal Newlands Resolution, which officially designated Hawaii as an annexed territory of the United States. Hawaii officially became a state in 19... More »

Hawaii became a state on Aug. 21, 1959. This made Hawaii the 50th state of the United States. It is the only state composed completely of islands. More »

The government of the United States claimed Hawaii as a territory in 1900, but President William McKinley signed a joint resolution two years earlier, in 1989, annexing Hawaii. This was during a war with Spain, and naval... More »

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The government of the United States claimed Hawaii as a territory in 1900, but President William McKinley signed a joint resolution two years earlier, in 1989, annexing Hawaii. This was during a war with Spain, and naval... More »

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Oregon formally joined the Union as a state in 1859, after holding a constitutional convention in 1857 and drafting a governing document modeled after those of several midwestern states. Prior to statehood, the territory... More »

The United States acquired Florida when U.S. Secretary of State John Quincy Adams and Spanish minister Don Luis de Onis signed the Florida Purchase Treaty, which took place took place on February 22, 1819. Despite the si... More »

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In 1899, the United States annexed Wake Island to serve as a cable station and coaling stop for ships on their way from ports along the West Coast to Japan. The purpose of this annexation was to give business interests a... More »