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 Posted: Mon Jan 24th, 2011 02:03 am
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Albert Sailhorst wrote: I thought territories had to apply for statehood......

correct.

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...

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