California•Gold was discovered in1848, and spawned theCalifornia gold rush•Established as a U.S.territory in 1847•In the year 1964 itsurpassed New York as thenation’s most populatedstate•It holds one of the nation’s2 active volcanoes outsideof Hawaii and Alaska•The California motto is theword Eureka (meaning I’vefound it
Oregon•Claimed as U.S. territory in1792•Became an official U.S.territory after the Oregontreaty settled a dispute overthe region•Oregon receives a majorityof income from agriculture,but remains a manufacturingstate•Oregon is the highestnational supplier of lumber•There is no documentationof the first discovery ofOregon, and England andSpain have both tried toclaim the territory as theirdiscovery
Hawaii•When Hawaii was firstdiscovered by the English itwas called the sandwichislands•It remained a native statefor many years after Britishdiscovery•It was claimed by the U.S.for it’s vast sugar resources•It is the only state with twoofficial languages•The Japanese attack of theHawaiian port Pearl Harborled to America’s entry intoWWII
Colorado•Became a state in 1876•It’s name comes from theSpanish word meaning“color red”•Colorado is the only stateto ever turn down theopportunity to host theOlympics•All the worlds “Beulah red”Marble was used to makethe state capitol, and it cannever be replaced•The 13th and top step ofthe capitol entrance isexactly 1 mile above sealevel
Tennessee•Became a state in 1796•It is nicknamed thevolunteer state for it’scitizens volunteer soldiersvalor in the war of 1812•There are more horses percapita in Shelby county,Ten. then any other countyin the U.S.•It holds the largestunderground lake in thecountry•It’s name came from anIndian phrase meaning “Themeeting place”
Nevada•Made a state in 1864•It’s name is derived from aSpanish word meaning“Snow-clad”•It has the most mountainranges of any state•Nevada is the nation’s topgold producer, and secondin the entire world to SouthAfrica•Las Vegas, alone, has themost hotel rooms in thewhole world
Alaska•It was made a state in 1959•Alaska is the second mostrecently established statebehind Hawaii•Rhode Island could fit intoAlaska 425 times•Alaska was originally aRussian settlement, andcaused a conflict betweenRussia and Britain whoboth wanted control of it•The stars on the flagrepresent to of thenorthernmostconstellations to representAlaska’s “Beauty in theNorth”
Texas•Made a state in 1845•Texas is the most tradedstate, having belonged tosix other countries beforethe U.S. and changedgovernments eight times•Texas is the only state tobecome a separate nationand then become a statewithout being annexed•The King ranch in Texas islarger than the state ofRhode island•Caddo lake is the statesonly natural lake the restare man made
New Mexico•Became a state in 1912•The first ever nuclearweapon was tested at thetrinity site in New Mexico•It is one of the four cornerstates•It is one of four states toborder Mexico along sideArizona, California, andTexas•The palace of governors isthe oldest governmentbuilding in the U.S.
New York•Became a state in 1788•New York City, alone, has722 miles of subway track•The New York post is thenation’s longest runningnewspaper•It is the sight of thenation’s first railroad•The Genesee river in NewYork is one of the few riversin the world which run’ssouth to north
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