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Montana Followed Meandering Path Toward Statehood (Part 1 OF 2)

Series: This is Montana | Story 6

Each of the United States of America – except the original 13, Texas and California – was first organized as a territory before achieving admittance to the Union as a state. Originating with the Ordinances of 1785 and 1787, the territorial system provided the expanding U.S. with a method to govern frontier areas until they gained sufficient population and economic maturity to qualify for equality...

 

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