Adding New States to the Union and a Guarantee to each State

28 Oct

Article 4, Section 3:

New States may be admitted by the Congress into this Union; but no new State shall be formed or erected within the Jurisdiction of any other State; nor any State be formed by the Junction of two or more States, or Parts of States, without the Consent of the Legislatures of the States concerned as well as of the Congress.

Article 4, Section 4:

The Congress shall have Power to dispose of and make all needful Rules and Regulations respecting the Territory or other Property belonging to the United States; and nothing in this Constitution shall be so construed as to Prejudice any Claims of the United States, or of any particular State.

Do you know the last two states added to the Union?  Any guesses if Porto Rico might be the next?

Up next: Article 5.  Let’s see what we can see.


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