Territories of the United States

Territory of the United States (English: United States territory ) means an area, which is under the governance of the U.S. federal government, but not a state of the United States or part of a U.S. state, but a federal immediate area.

The United States all claim of sovereignty over their territories. New areas have been acquired (eg, Texas, Nevada) and partly by purchase (eg, Louisiana, Alaska), partly through annexation. All former territories on the North American mainland U.S. states today. Last 1959, the territories of Alaska and Hawaii to states. The United States but retain territories (eg, Puerto Rico, Guam).

In the interests and rights of the indigenous Indian population has been taken little consideration for the acquisition of new territories ( Indian policy of the United States).