Not involved with monarchies as such, this country is much too significant a world power to ignore, even so. What follows is a catalogue of the 50 states, detailing their individual journeys toward statehood. NOTE WELL: These pages details only the European expansion into the area of the U.S.A. In very few places are pre-Columbian or ante-European societies mentioned. I will place further information on them when I can, on a separate page.
Go to Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hamphire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming.
District of Columbia Having been asked on several occasions to list administrators of the District, I append them here. The District is difficult to catagorize; neither a state nor a territory, in some ways it has been governed more like a national park than anything else, and there have been a number of versions or attempts at providing a reasonable administration. The District was formed in 1791 as a seat for the national government, out of land extracted on both sides of the Potomac from Maryland and Virginia. At first regarded as a territory, it was made a special district in 1796. Administration was provided for the most part by the Mayor of the city of Washington, together with the mayors of the adjacent cities of Georgetown and, across the river, Alexandria. The Virginia half was returned to that state in 1846. In 1871 the whole District was given a Governor, but that arrangement passed to a Commission in 1874, which was reorganized as a Board of Commissioners in 1878. In 1967 the Commission gave way to a Mayor of Washington once again (including the former city of Georgetown), and at the beginning of 1975 autonomous home rule was established within that mayorality.