By Bambi Turner on April 20, 2018
Where in the USA is Carmen San Diego? With her name, you might instantly think she's in California, but she could be in any of the other 49 states. From Hawaii in the Pacific to the tip of Maine, can you find all of the states on a map?
The history of America's states starts with the colonization by English settlers. When they first came over from England, they started colonizing the eastern coast. These areas would soon become the "thirteen colonies" that would go on to be the first states of the United States. Some of the first ones were Delaware, New Jersey, Virginia and South Carolina. With westward expansion, the country would grow from 13 states to 50.
With the first states joining the Union between 1787 and 1790, it would take 122 years for the United States to form its contiguous body from the Atlantic to the Pacific Ocean. It wasn't until 1959 that Alaska and Hawaii were admitted to the Union.
The United States span thousands of miles wide. Can you find all of the states that fall within? While it might be easy to identify the newcomers of Alaska and Hawaii, can you figure out if Oregon is in the northwest or the midwest? Identifying the coastal states of California and Florida might be easy, but could you pinpoint where Kansas falls?
Put away those political maps and let's travel! From the large states like Texas to the small like Rhode Island, can you find all these states on a map? Let's find out!