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How does a territory become a new state?

How does a territory become a new state?

In some cases, an entire territory became a state; in others some part of a territory became a state. Upon acceptance of that constitution, by the people of the territory and then by Congress, Congress would adopt by simple majority vote a joint resolution granting statehood.

When did territories become states?

From 1889 to 1890, four territories joined the Union as five new states. This guide provides access to materials related to the “Northern West Territories to Statehood” in the Chronicling America digital collection of historic newspapers.

How does a new territory become a state?

Some territories were required to hold a plebiscite to make sure that residents wanted statehood. None of these conditions are required by law. They are all up to the whim of the Congress. Once the territory meets the requirements of Congress, Congress votes. A simple majority in the House and the Senate is all that is required to make a new state.

How often does a territory ask for statehood?

Some territories have requested statehood many times without getting any response from Congress. Utah, for example, formally asked for statehood eight times over a period of 50 years before being admitted to the Union. Typically, once Congress gets the request for statehood, they make some conditions for the new state.

How did the states become part of the United States?

In practice, a majority of the 50 states began as U.S. territories. Either the territories petitioned Congress for permission to draft a state constitution and elect representatives, or they followed the more aggressive “Tennessee Plan.”

How are new states created under the Constitution?

The Constitution merely declares that new states cannot be created by merging or splitting existing states without the approval of both the U.S. Congress and the states’ legislatures. Otherwise, Congress is given the authority to determine the conditions for statehood.