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Anonymous asked in Science & MathematicsGeography · 1 year ago

Did the United States ever have 52 states, or was it always 50?

I swear I remember from elementary school, being told that the United States has 52 states, but over time it "changed" to 50. Did the United States ever have 52 states?

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  • 1 year ago
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    It has never been "over 50" but it has not always been "50." We started off with only 13, remember?

    Perhaps you recall that it used to be 48, and then after Alaska and Hawaii became states, we had 50, and Hawaii and Alaska did not become states until 1959. Before that, we had nearly 50 years of having only 48 states, as Arizona was the last state of the contiguous United States to become the 48th state on February 14, 1912. So for that 47 year stretch we only had 48 states. But we've never had more than 50. Hawaii was the last state, which gained statehood on August 21, 1959. Alaska became a state earlier that year on January 3, 1959.

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  • MARK
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    1 year ago

    The USA has never has more than 50 states. It has not always had 50. Originally there were thirteen states, represented by the thirteen horizontal stripes on the US national flag. As states joined the Union their number grew until it reached the present 50.

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  • Dixon
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    1 year ago

    You have mixed up States in the US with weeks in a year. You are a moron.

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  • John P
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    1 year ago

    13 states in the early days of the USA in the late 1700s. That then gradually increased to 48 by late 1800s. The Hawaii and Alaska were admitted as full states in the late 1950s, making 50 in total.

    • John P
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      1 year agoReport

      Actually 48 by the early 20th century; some of the main 48 were not added until the early 1900s.

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  • Anonymous
    1 year ago

    They are not all states, four are commonwealths, and there is a federal district.

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  • mokrie
    Lv 7
    1 year ago

    No it never had 52. That's called the Mandela effect. Check videos on youtube about it. Lots of people have things like that happen to them.

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  • 1 year ago

    No. We've always had 50 states and 5 territories. (American Samoa, Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.)

    • John P
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      1 year agoReport

      "Always" since the late 1950s! Previously 48, but starting with just 13 in the late 1700s.

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