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United States territory is any extent of region under the jurisdiction of the federal government of the United States,[1] including all waters[2] (around islands or continental tracts). The United States has traditionally proclaimed the sovereign rights for exploring, exploiting, conserving, and managing its territory.[3] This extent of territory is all the area belonging to, and under the dominion of, the United States federal government (which includes tracts lying at a distance from the country) for administrative and other purposes.[1] The United States total territory includes a subset of political divisions. Image File history File links Location_United_States. ... Look up Region in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... This article describes the government of the United States. ... Types of administrative and/or political territories include: A legally administered territory, which is a non-sovereign geographic area that has come under the authority of another government. ... In political geography and international politics, a country is a political division of a geographical entity, a sovereign territory, most commonly associated with the notions of state or nation and government. ... Federal courts Supreme Court Chief Justice Associate Justices Elections Presidential elections Midterm elections Political Parties Democratic Republican Third parties State & Local government Governors Legislatures (List) State Courts Counties, Cities, and Towns Other countries Politics Portal      The political units and divisions of the United States include: The 50 states, which are...

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Territory of the United States

The United States territory includes any points of extended spatial location under the control of the United States federal government. Various regions, districts, and divisions are under the supervision of the United States federal government. The United States territory includes clearly defined geographical area and refers to an area of land, air or sea under jurisdiction of United States federal governmental authority (but is not limited only to these areas). The extent of territory is all the area belonging to, and under the dominion of, the United States of America federal government (which includes tracts lying at a distance from the country) for administrative and other purposes. The word space has many meanings, including: Physics The definition of space in physics is contentious. ... Look up control in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... A federal government is the common government of a federation. ... Look up Region in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... Local government areas called districts are used, or have been used, in several countries. ... A division is a subnational entity. ... A territory (from the word terra, meaning land) is a defined area (including land and waters), usually considered to be a possession of an animal, person, organization, or institution. ... Map of Earth showing lines of latitude (horizontally) and longitude (vertically), Eckert VI projection; large version (pdf, 1. ... A LAND attack is a DoS (Denial of Service) attack that consists of sending a special poison spoofed packet to a computer, causing it to lock up. ... Look up air in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... For the three letter acronym, see SEA. For the ancient Jewish unit of volume, see Seah (unit). ... Tract may be a reference to: tract (anatomy), a bundle of nerve fibers following a path through the brain, or a collection of related anatomic structures (e. ... In political geography and international politics, a country is a political division of a geographical entity, a sovereign territory, most commonly associated with the notions of state or nation and government. ... Organisational use In some organisational analyses, administration can refer to the bureaucratic or operational performance of mundane office tasks, usually internally oriented. ...


Constitution of the United States

Original copy of the Constitution.
Original copy of the Constitution.

Under Article IV of the United States Constitution, territory is subject to and belongs to the United States (but not necessarily within the national boundaries or any individual state). This includes tracts of land or water not included within the limits of any State and not admitted as a State into the Union. Image File history File links Metadata Size of this preview: 495 × 599 pixelsFull resolution (3629 × 4392 pixel, file size: 1. ... Image File history File links Metadata Size of this preview: 495 × 599 pixelsFull resolution (3629 × 4392 pixel, file size: 1. ... Wikisource has original text related to this article: Article Four of the United States Constitution Article Four of the United States Constitution relates to the states. ...


The Constitution of the United States states[4],

"the congress shall have power to dispose of, and make all needful rules and regulations respecting the territory or other property of the United States; and nothing in this Constitution shall be construed, so as to preclude the claims of the United States or of any state." - Article IV

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Congress of the United States

Congress possesses power to set territorial governments within the territory of the United States.[5] The power of congress over such territory is exclusive and universal. Congress legislation is subject to no control, unless in the case of ceded territory. The U.S. Congress is granted the exclusive and universal power to set a United States territory's political divisions. Political power (imperium in Latin) is a type of power held by a person or group in a society. ... Political power (imperium in Latin) is a type of power held by a person or group in a society. ... A political division is a geographic region accepted to be in the jurisdiction of a particular government entity. ...


Supreme Court of the United States

All territory under the control of the federal government is considered part of the "United States" for purposes of law. The United States Supreme Court ruling from 1945 stated that the term "United States" can have three different meanings, in different contexts. The Supreme Court Building, Washington, D.C. The Supreme Court Building, Washington, D.C., (large image) The Supreme Court of the United States, located in Washington, D.C., is the highest court (see supreme court) in the United States; that is, it has ultimate judicial authority within the United States...

"The term 'United States' may be used in any one of several senses. It may be merely the name of a sovereign occupying the position analogous to that of other sovereigns in the family of nations. It may designate the territory over which the sovereignty of the United States extends, or it may be the collective name of the states which are united by and under the Constitution." [Hooven & Allison Co. v. Evatt, 324 U.S. 652 (1945)[6]]

United States Department of the Interior

The Interior Department[7] is charged with managing federal affairs within U.S. territory.[8] The Interior Department has a wide range of responsibilities (which include the regulation of territorial governments and the basic stewardship for public lands, et al.). The United States Department of the Interior is not responsible for local government or for civil administration except in the cases of Indian reservations, through the Bureau of Indian Affairs, as well as those territories administered through the Office of Insular Affairs. The United States Department of the Interior (DOI) is a Cabinet department of the United States government that manages and conserves most federally-owned land. ... The Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) is an agency of the federal government of the United States within the Department of the Interior charged with the administration and management of 55. ... The Office of Insular Affairs is a unit of the United States Department of the Interior that manages several United States possessions. ...


United States divisions

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District, States, Counties, Cities and Townships

2000 U.S. population density in persons per sq. mile (lower 48 states only); This map show states and counties.

Territories are subdivided into legally administered tracts[9][10] (e.g., non-sovereign geographic areas that have voluntarily come under the authority of a government). For example, American Samoa is a territory of the government of the United States. A U.S. state is not a "state" as viewed by international law, since the United States Constitution restricts individual states from conducting foreign relations. The District of Columbia is under the direct authority of Congress,[11] and was established from territory ceded by the states of Maryland and Virginia, with essentially all of the Virginia cession having since been returned to state jurisdiction. Image File history File links Download high resolution version (907x592, 57 KB)Population density of the United States based on the 2000 census Density key at Image:USA 2000 population density key. ... Image File history File links Download high resolution version (907x592, 57 KB)Population density of the United States based on the 2000 census Density key at Image:USA 2000 population density key. ... Federal courts Supreme Court Circuit Courts of Appeal District Courts Elections Presidential elections Midterm elections Political Parties Democratic Republican Third parties State & Local government Governors Legislatures (List) State Courts Local Government Other countries Atlas  Politics Portal      A U.S. state is any one of the fifty subnational entities of the... A state is a political association with effective dominion over a geographic area. ... The United States Constitution is the supreme law of the United States of America. ... The term is used to describe the interaction taking place among governments, when striving to establish mutual contacts, another word for diplomacy. ... ... Official language(s) None (English, de facto) Capital Annapolis Largest city Baltimore Area  Ranked 42nd  - Total 12,407 sq mi (32,133 km²)  - Width 90 miles (145 km)  - Length 249 miles (400 km)  - % water 21  - Latitude 37° 53′ N to 39° 43′ N  - Longitude 75° 03′ W to 79° 29... Official language(s) English Capital Richmond Largest city Virginia Beach Area  Ranked 35th  - Total 42,774 sq mi (110,785 km²)  - Width 200 miles (320 km)  - Length 430 miles (690 km)  - % water 7. ...


The contiguous part[12][13] of the U.S., (along with Hawaii and Alaska), are divided into smaller administrative regions, called counties in 48 of the 50 states. (They are boroughs in Alaska and parishes in Louisiana.) U.S. counties can include a number of cities and towns, or sometimes just a part of a city. These counties have varying degrees of political and legal significance. U.S. townships are a term of varying meaning. In some states they represent an intermediate civic designation between city and county, in others, they designate land that is not part of any city. Some townships have governments and political power, others are simply geographic designations. The continental United States is a term referring to the United States situated on the North American continent. ... Official language(s) English, Hawaiian Capital Honolulu Largest city Honolulu Area  Ranked 43rd  - Total 10,931 sq mi (29,311 km²)  - Width n/a miles (n/a km)  - Length 1,522 miles (2,450 km)  - % water 41. ... Official language(s) English[1] Spoken language(s) English 85. ... Federal courts Supreme Court Chief Justice Associate Justices Elections Presidential elections Midterm elections Political Parties Democratic Republican Third parties State & Local government Governors Legislatures (List) State Courts Counties, Cities, and Towns Other countries Politics Portal      The political units and divisions of the United States include: The 50 states, which are... United States of America, showing states, divided into counties. ... Official language(s) de jure: none de facto: English & French Capital Baton Rouge Largest city New Orleans [1] Area  Ranked 31st  - Total 51,885 sq mi (134,382 km²)  - Width 130 miles (210 km)  - Length 379 miles (610 km)  - % water 16  - Latitude 29°N to 33°N  - Longitude 89°W... This is a list of cities in the fifty United States as well as U.S.-owned territories (Puerto Rico, the United States Virgin Islands, Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands, and American Samoa) and the District of Columbia. ... A Township in the United States refers to a small geographic area, ranging in size from 6 to 54 square miles (15. ...


History of United States territory

Main articles: Historic regions of the United States and Insular areas

Territories are, at times, organized with a separate legislature under a Territorial governor and officers appointed by the President and approved by the Senate of the United States. Territory has been historically divided into organized territories and unorganized territories.[14][15][16] Unorganized territory was generally either unpopulated or set aside for Native Americans and other indigenous peoples in the United States by the U.S. federal government until such time as the growing and restless population encroached into the areas. In recent times, unorganized refers to the degree of self-governmental authority exercised by the territory. These are historic regions of the United States, meaning regions that were legal entities in the past, or which the average modern American would no longer immediately recognize as a regional description. ... An insular area of the United States is a jurisdiction that is neither a part of one of the fifty states nor a part of the District of Columbia, the nations federal district. ... In the history of the United States, an organized territory is a territory for which the United States Congress has enacted an Organic Act. ... The term unorganized territories has several connotations depending the exact usage and context. ... Native Americans in the United States are the indigenous peoples from the regions of North America now encompassed by the continental United States, including parts of Alaska. ... Indigenous peoples in the United States are distinct groups of peoples who are indigenous to what is now states or territories of the United States of America. ...

As a result of some Supreme Court cases after the Spanish-American War, in which the U.S. had to determine how to deal with newly acquired territories such as the Philippines, [17][18] Puerto Rico,[19] Guam,[20][21] Wake Island and other areas that were not part of the North American continent and which were not necessarily intended to become a part of the Union of States. As a consequence of the Supreme Court decisions, the United States has since made a distinction between incorporated and unincorporated territory.[22][23][24] Incorporated territory in essence is land that has been irrevocabably incorporated within the sovereignty of the United States and to which the full corpus of the U.S. Constitution applies. Unincorporated territory is land held by the United States, and to which U.S. Congress applies selected parts of the constitution. Currently the only incorporated territory held by the U.S. is the unorganized (and unpopulated) Palmyra Atoll. The Supreme Court Building, Washington, D.C. The Supreme Court Building, Washington, D.C., (large image) The Supreme Court of the United States, located in Washington, D.C., is the highest court (see supreme court) in the United States; that is, it has ultimate judicial authority within the United States... Combatants United States Republic of Cuba Philippine Republic Spain Commanders Nelson A. Miles William R. Shafter George Dewey Máximo Gómez Emilio Aguinaldo Patricio Montojo Pascual Cervera Arsenio Linares General Ramón Blanco Casualties 3,289 U.S. dead (432 from combat); considerably higher although undetermined Cuban and Filipino... An incorporated territory of the United States is a specific area under the jurisdiction of the United States, over which the United States Congress has determined that the United States Constitution is to be applied to the territorys local government and inhabitants in its entirety (e. ... An incorporated territory of the United States is a specific area under the jurisdiction of the United States, over which the United States Congress has determined that the United States Constitution is to be applied in its entirety, in the same manner as it applies to the individual U.S... Congress in Joint Session. ...


Other territories

Location of the insular areas:      The USA      incorporated unorganized Territory      unincorporated organized territory      Commonwealth status      unincorporated unorganized territory
Location of the insular areas:      The USA      incorporated unorganized Territory      unincorporated organized territory      Commonwealth status      unincorporated unorganized territory

Image File history File links Size of this preview: 800 × 337 pixelsFull resolution (1482 × 624 pixel, file size: 32 KB, MIME type: image/png) This is a map of the US Insular areas. ... Image File history File links Size of this preview: 800 × 337 pixelsFull resolution (1482 × 624 pixel, file size: 32 KB, MIME type: image/png) This is a map of the US Insular areas. ... Bajo Nuevo Bank, also called the Petrel Islands, is located in the western Caribbean Sea. ... Serranilla Bank is a western Caribbean island located about 210 miles north-northeast of Nicaragua. ...

Dependent areas of the United States

Main article: Insular area

Several islands in the Pacific Ocean and Caribbean Sea are dependent territories of the United States.[25][26][27] An insular area is United States territory that is neither a part of one of the fifty states nor a part of the District of Columbia, the nations federal district. ... Map of Central America and the Caribbean Caribbean Sea from space (top left). ... A dependent territory, dependent area or dependency is a territory that does not possess full political independence or sovereignty as a State. ...


The Guantanamo Bay Naval Base, Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, is administered by the U.S. under a perpetual lease, much as the Panama Canal Zone used to be before the signing of the Torrijos-Carter Treaties and only mutual agreement or U.S. abandonment of the area can terminate the lease. , For other titular locales, see Guantánamo (disambiguation). ... Map of Cuba with location of Guantánamo Bay indicated. ... Map of Panama, with Panama canal The Torrijos-Carter Treaties (sometimes referred to in the singular as the Torrijos-Carter Treaty), are a pair of treaties signed by the United States and Panama in Washington, D. C. on September 7, 1977, abrogating the Hay-Bunau Varilla Treaty signed in 1903. ...


From July 18, 1947 until October 1, 1994, the U.S. administered the Trust Territory of the Pacific Islands, but the Trust ceased to exist when the last member state of Palau gained its independence to become the Republic of Palau. The Panama canal, and the Canal Zone surrounding it, was territory administered by the United States until 1999, when control was relinquished to Panama. is the 199th day of the year (200th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1947 (MCMXLVII) was a common year starting on Wednesday (link will display full 1947 calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... is the 274th day of the year (275th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1994 (MCMXCIV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link will display full 1994 Gregorian calendar). ... National motto: ? Official language English? Capital Saipan Area  - Total  - % water Ranked 78 (United States) 1,779 km² Negligible Population  - Total  - Density 132,929 (1980) N/Akm² GDP  - Total  - GDP/head N/A Currency US Dollar Time zone UTC: ? Independence UN trusteeship administered by the US Internet TLD none? Calling code... Two Panamax running the Miraflores Locks The Panama Canal (Spanish: ) is a major ship canal that traverses the Isthmus of Panama in Central America, connecting the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. ... The Panama Canal Zone (Spanish: ), was a 553 square mile (1,432 km²) territory inside of Panama, consisting of the Panama Canal and an area generally extending 5 miles (8. ...


The United States has made no territorial claim in Antarctica but has reserved the right to do so.


Maritime territory of the United States

Main article: Territorial waters

The Government of the United States of America has claims to the oceans in accord with international law, which delineates a zone of territory adjacent to territorial lands and seas. United States protects this marine environment, though not interfering with other lawful uses of this zone. The United States jurisdiction has been established on vessels, ships, and artificial islands (along with other marine structures). Map of Sealand and the United Kingdom, with territorial water claims of 3nm and 12nm shown. ... United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea Opened for signature December 10, 1982 in Montego Bay (Jamaica) Entered into force November 16, 1994[1] Conditions for entry into force 60 ratifications Parties 149[2] For maritime law in general see Admiralty law. ... Marine is an umbrella term for things relating to the ocean, as with marine biology, marine geology, and as a term for a navy, etc. ... A baseline is the line from which the seaward limits of a States territorial sea and certain other maritime zones of jurisdiction are measured. ... Before Mexico City, Tenochtitlan was an artificial island of 250,000 (Dr Atl) Dejima, not allowed direct contact with nearby island that has been formed by human, rather than natural means. ...


International law concerning United States territory

United States is not restricted from making laws governing its own territory by international law. The United States territory can include illegally occupied territory, which is a geographic area that claims sovereignty, but is being illegally or forcibly subjugated to the authority of the United States of America federal government. The United States territory can also include disputed territory, which is a geographic area claimed by United States of America federal government and one (or more) rival governments. This article or section is in need of attention from an expert on the subject. ... “Sovereign” redirects here. ... In the field of law, the word force has two main meanings: unlawful violence and lawful compulsion. ... A territorial dispute is a disagreement over the possession/control of land between two or more states, or over the possession/control of land by one state after it has conquered it from a former state no longer currently recognized by the occupying power. ...


America has acquired territory by force and conquest (Latin, "to seek for"). Internationally (specifically according to the Hague law), United States territory can include areas occupied when placed under the authority of a United States army. When this authority has been established, and exercised, occupation extends to that territory. The United States forces has a responsibility of providing for the basic needs of individuals under its control (which includes food, clothing, shelter, medical attention, law maintenance, and social order). The United States forces must enforce laws that were in place in the territory before occupation during its occupation. Latin is an ancient Indo-European language originally spoken in Latium, the region immediately surrounding Rome. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Authority- is a very talented rocknroll band out of Columbia, S.C. This power rock trio has its roots in rock, funk, hardcore, and a dash of hip hop. ... The United States Army is the largest and oldest branch of the armed forces of the United States. ...


Land occupied by the United States

Main article: Occupied territories

Historically, all of the United States of America was originally the territory of a multitude of Native American Indian tribes/nations. However, the source of this situation goes back several centuries, and includes land taken from Native Americans by the Spanish, French, Russians, Dutch, Danish and British. This does not cite its references or sources. ...


The current United States government was obviously not responsible for all of these cessions, since many took place under British rule. However, some Native Americans claim that the U.S. still illegally occupies some of their land, pointing to treaties that they say the United States later violated. (Some say the U.S. violated all treaties it signed with Indian tribes.[28])


The United States has had military forces in Japan and West Germany for several years following its victory over those nations in World War II, leaving market-driven democracies behind. This is also its stated goal for Iraq and Afghanistan, both of which are sovereign states. Combatants Allied powers: China France Great Britain Soviet Union United States and others Axis powers: Germany Italy Japan and others Commanders Chiang Kai-shek Charles de Gaulle Winston Churchill Joseph Stalin Franklin Roosevelt Adolf Hitler Benito Mussolini Hideki Tōjō Casualties Military dead: 17,000,000 Civilian dead: 33,000...


See also

United States
Other

Federal courts Supreme Court Chief Justice Associate Justices Elections Presidential elections Midterm elections Political Parties Democratic Republican Third parties State & Local government Governors Legislatures (List) State Courts Counties, Cities, and Towns Other countries Politics Portal      The political units and divisions of the United States include: The 50 states, which are... This is a list of the evolution of the borders of the United States. ... Political divisions of the United States as they were from 1868 to 1876, including 9 organized territories and 2 unorganized territories Territories of the United States are one type of political division of the United States, administered by the U.S. government but not any part of a U.S... In the terminology of the United States insular areas, a commonwealth is an organized territory that has established with the Federal Government a more highly developed relationship, usually embodied in a written mutual agreement. ... The introduction to this article provides insufficient context for those unfamiliar with the subject matter. ... After expanding across North America in the early and mid-nineteenth century, the United States soon began to expand overseas, emerging after World War II as a leading world power. ... Runnymede is a water-meadow alongside the River Thames in the English county of Surrey. ... Airspace means the portion of the atmosphere controlled by a particular country on top of its territory and territorial waters or, more generally, any specific three-dimensional portion of the atmosphere. ... Controlled airspace exists in areas where air traffic control is capable of providing traffic separation. ... Uncontrolled airspace exists wherever a control service cant be provided for whatever reason, or is not deemed necessary, many of them are above mountains or oceans. ... United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea Opened for signature December 10, 1982 in Montego Bay (Jamaica) Entered into force November 16, 1994[1] Conditions for entry into force 60 ratifications Parties 149[2] For maritime law in general see Admiralty law. ...

References

Citations and notes
  1. ^ a b Hurd, J. C. (1968). The law of freedom and bondage in the United States. New York: Negro Universities Press.Page 438-439.
  2. ^ McLaughlin, A. C., & Hart, A. B. (1914). Cyclopedia of American government. New York: D. Appleton and Co. Page 209.
  3. ^ Smith, R. W. (1986). Exclusive economic zone claims: an analysis and primary documents. Dordrecht: M. Nijhoff. Page 467.
  4. ^ United States Constitution, Article Four
  5. ^ An example of this would be the Northwest Ordinance.
  6. ^ http://supreme.justia.com/us/324/652/
  7. ^ http://www.doi.gov/
  8. ^ Towle, N. C. (1861). A history and analysis of the Constitution of the United States. Boston: Little, Brown. Page 382-383.
  9. ^ Animated Map: Boundaries of the United States and the Several States
  10. ^ U.S. Census Bureau Geographic Areas Reference Manual
  11. ^ District of Columbia Home Rule Act of 1973
  12. ^ Definition of contiguous
  13. ^ Definitions of continental United States and contiguous United States as used by United Airlines.
  14. ^ Chronological List of Territories 1787-1890
  15. ^ Official Name and Status History of the several States and U.S. Territories
  16. ^ Indian Land Cessions in the United States, United States Digital Map Archives
  17. ^ Philippines - United States Rule. U.S. Library of Congress. Retrieved on 2006-08-22.
  18. ^ Philippines - A Collaborative Philippine Leadership. U.S. Library of Congress. Retrieved on 2006-08-22.
  19. ^ Treaty of Paris (1898)
  20. ^ Paul Carano and Pedro C. Sanchez, A Complete History of Guam (Rutland, VT: C. E. Tuttle, 1964)
  21. ^ Howard P Willens and Dirk A Ballendorf, The Secret Guam Study: How President Ford's 1975 Approval of Commonwealth Was Blocked by Federal Officials (Mangilao, Guam: Micronesian Area Research Center; Saipan: Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands Division of Historical Preservation, 2004)
  22. ^ FindLaw: Downes v. Bidwell, 182 U.S. 244 (1901) regarding the distinction between incorporated and unincorporated territories
  23. ^ FindLaw: People of Puerto Rico v. Shell Co., 302 U.S. 253 (1937) regarding application of U.S. law to organized but unincorporated territories
  24. ^ FindLaw: United States v. Standard Oil Company, 404 U.S. 558 (1972) regarding application of U.S. law to unorganized unincorporated territories
  25. ^ Office of Insular Affairs
  26. ^ Department of the Interior Definitions of Insular Area Political Types
  27. ^ Does Taiwan Meet the Criteria to Qualify as an Insular Area of the United States?
  28. ^ Zinn, H. (1980). A people's history of the United States. New York: Harper & Row. Page 526.
General information
  • Willoughby, W. W., & Sachs, L. (1929). The constitutional law of the United States. New York: Baker, Voorhis.
  • McLaughlin, A. C., & Hart, A. B. (1914). Cyclopedia of American government. New York: D. Appleton and Co.
    • "Influence of the United states on International Law".
    • "Principles of International Law".
  • Lalor, J. J. (1881). Territory. Cyclop√¶dia of Political Science, Political Economy, and the Political History of the United States by the Best American and European Writers. New York: Maynard, Merrill, and Co., 1899.

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