Organized incorporated territories of the United States

Organized Incorporated Territories Of The United States

Organized incorporated territories of the United States

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--->Organized incorporated territories are those territories of the United States that are both incorporated (part of the United States proper) and organized (having an organized government authorized by an Organic Act passed by the U.S. Congress usually consisting of a territorial legislature, territorial governor, and a basic judicial system).

Through most of U.S. history, regions that were admitted as U.S. states were, prior to admission, territories of this kind. As the United States grew, the most populous parts of the organized territory would achieve statehood. The remainder frequently kept at least some of the governing structure of the old legal entity (territory) and would be renamed to avoid confusion.

Some examples of this progression include (each grouping involves an original territory's lands legally disposed of over time from left to right):
* Louisiana Territory to Louisiana, Missouri Territory, Missouri including Utah and Colorado (and numerous progressions settling the organization of the following spin-offs) or
*Iowa Territory to Dakota Territory
*Oregon Country, Oregon Territory, Oregon and Washington Territory to Wyoming, Nebraska, Idaho Territory, Idaho, Montana Territory and Montana.

Many such regions took a further decades long growth period before their...
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