|View single post by HankC|
|Posted: Mon Jan 24th, 2011 03:03 am||
|Albert Sailhorst wrote:
I thought territories had to apply for statehood......
Territories may either 1) remain as is and have their governor and judges appointed and laws approved by Congress or 2) become a state and have those elective and other rights themselves.
Unlike the 13 original states, the next 37 states were born in Congress, nurtured as federal territories and then granted statehood.
I believe Vermont, Maine and Texas are exceptions to the rule.
VT and ME were created from existing states and TX was annexed without the intervening territorial steps...