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The United States of America is a federal republic of 50 states.

Forty-eight of the states are located in a single region between Canada and Mexico. The other two, Alaska and Hawaii, are not contiguous with the others. There is a federal district, the District of Columbia comprising the capital, Washington, D.C. The United States also owns a number of overseas territories.

The official founding date of the United States is July 4, 1776, when the Second Continental Congress representing the 13 British colonies adopted the Declaration of Independence. However, the structure of the nation was profoundly changed in 1788, when the states replaced the Articles of Confederation with the United States Constitution; the date on which each of the original 13 states adopted the Constitution is typically regarded as the date that state "entered the Union" (became part of the United States).

The Thirteen Colonies were 13 British colonies in North America, separately chartered and governed, that signed the Declaration of Independence in 1776 and formally broke with the Kingdom of Great Britain, leading to the American Revolutionary War and the establishment of the United States of America.

The 13 British Colonies:

Province of New Hampshire, later New Hampshire

Province of Massachusetts Bay, later Massachusetts and Maine

Colony of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations, later Rhode Island and Providence Plantations

Connecticut Colony, later Connecticut

Province of New York, later New York and Vermont

Province of New Jersey, later New Jersey

Province of Pennsylvania, later Pennsylvania

Delaware Colony (before 1776, the Lower Counties on Delaware), later Delaware

Province of Maryland, later Maryland

Colony and Dominion of Virginia, later Virginia, Kentucky and West Virginia
 
Province of North Carolina, later North Carolina and Tennessee

Province of South Carolina, later South Carolina

Province of Georgia, later Georgia

States by Order of Entry into Union
StateEntered
Union
Year
settled
 1. DelawareDec. 7, 17871638
 2. PennsylvaniaDec. 12, 17871682
 3. New JerseyDec. 18, 17871660
 4. GeorgiaJan. 2, 17881733
 5. ConnecticutJan. 9, 17881634
 6. MassachusettsFeb. 6, 17881620
 7. MarylandApr. 28, 17881634
 8. South CarolinaMay 23, 17881670
 9. New HampshireJune 21, 17881623
10. VirginiaJune 25, 17881607
11. New YorkJuly 26, 17881614
12. North CarolinaNov. 21, 17891660
13. Rhode IslandMay 29, 17901636
14. VermontMar. 4, 17911724
15. KentuckyJune 1, 17921774
16. TennesseeJune 1, 17961769
17. OhioMar. 1, 18031788
18. LouisianaApr. 30, 18121699
19. IndianaDec. 11, 18161733
20. MississippiDec. 10, 18171699
21. IllinoisDec. 3, 18181720
22. AlabamaDec. 14, 18191702
23. MaineMar. 15, 18201624
24. MissouriAug. 10, 18211735
25. ArkansasJune 15, 18361686
26. MichiganJan. 26, 18371668
27. FloridaMar. 3, 18451565
28. TexasDec. 29, 18451682
29. IowaDec. 28, 18461788
30. WisconsinMay 29, 18481766
31. CaliforniaSept. 9, 18501769
32. MinnesotaMay 11, 18581805
33. OregonFeb. 14, 18591811
34. KansasJan. 29, 18611727
35. West VirginiaJune 20, 18631727
36. NevadaOct. 31, 18641849
37. NebraskaMar. 1, 18671823
38. ColoradoAug. 1, 18761858
39. North DakotaNov. 2, 18891812
40. South DakotaNov. 2, 18891859
41. MontanaNov. 8, 18891809
42. WashingtonNov. 11, 18891811
43. IdahoJuly 3, 18901842
44. WyomingJuly 10, 18901834
45. UtahJan. 4, 18961847
46. OklahomaNov. 16, 19071889
47. New MexicoJan. 6, 19121610
48. ArizonaFeb. 14, 19121776
49. AlaskaJan. 3, 19591784
50. HawaiiAug. 21, 19591820



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