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The United States of America is a nation-state stretching across North America between Canada and Mexico, plus Alaska in the continent's northwest, the mid-Pacific archipelago of Hawaii and several territories in the Pacific & Caribbean. Founded by European émigrés rebelling from British control in the 1700s, the US spread across the continent by conquest and land-purchase to become the most powerful country on the planet after the Cold War in the 1900s.

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Kentucky was admitted on June 1, 1792, not 1795. It was a part of Virginia until it became a separate state. In that respect, it differed from Tennessee, which was a part of North Carolina that was c …
answered Sep 26 '16 by Michael Hardy
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Who was the first member of the United States Senate to resign? How many times has it happened? Where might one find a list of resignations of senators? (My tentative guess was Moses Robinson of Ve …
asked Nov 10 '15 by Michael Hardy
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One often hears of "the thirteen colonies", and of course the colonies were also called "provinces". Were they also sometimes called "states" before the Continental Congress convened?
asked Aug 16 '16 by Michael Hardy
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At this page we read: The British North American colonies occasionally were called states as far back as 1630s; Just a small data point. This should not discourage others from posting further o …
answered Aug 26 '16 by Michael Hardy
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If I'm not mistaken, governors in the thirteen colonies, appointed by the king, had veto power over acts of colonial legislatures. In 1996, I was living in North Carolina. At that time NC was the on …
asked Apr 3 '16 by Michael Hardy
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The Northwest Ordinance of 1787 said that the territory northwest of the Ohio River should ultimately become at least three, but not more than five, states. (It ultimately became five states plus part …
asked May 17 '17 by Michael Hardy
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In an disorganized way I have been reading various things about the 18th-century history of Vermont and I wondered whether their way of choosing and installing governors was unique, or the same as wha …
asked Jul 11 '16 by Michael Hardy
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I'll try to give a more detailed analysis of the conflict between Vermont and New York than the short answer posted here earlier. It never errupted into military conflict but in 1784 Governor George C …
answered Mar 25 '17 by Michael Hardy
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The treaty of 1783 between the United States and Britain said that the boundary separating Quebec from the states of Vermont and New York was to be at the 45th parallel of north latitude. (The state o …
asked Dec 10 '16 by Michael Hardy
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Admission of new states into the United States must be consistent with Article IV, Section 3 of the Constitution, but that leaves some discretion to Congress in a number of matters. What were the di …
asked Mar 31 '16 by Michael Hardy
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In the earliest days of the U.S.A., the heads of the governments of some of the states were called governors and those of some states were called presidents (hence the U.S. Constitution refers to the …
asked Mar 20 '16 by Michael Hardy
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At the beginning of July 1788, the unicameral Congress of the Confederation began deliberations on whether to admit the proposed new state of Kentucky to the Union. Under the Articles of Confederation …
asked Apr 14 '17 by Michael Hardy
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A footnote on page 30 of this document says that the date of Virginia's ratification of the Thirteenth Amendment (which abolished slavery) was on the 9th of February, 1865. (If I recall correctly, tha …
asked Sep 26 '16 by Michael Hardy
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The Articles of Confederation and Perpetual Union were the agreement among the thirteen United States of America to unite under a federal government consisting of a Continental Congress. They were pro …
asked Apr 27 '16 by Michael Hardy
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What were the circumstances of the construction of the various buildings through which the boundary between Vermont and Quebec passes? In particular, what were the laws affecting construction on the …
asked Mar 24 '17 by Michael Hardy

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