The United States is made up of 50 States, 1 federal district, and 5 territories. The first U.S. State was Delaware, having ratified the U.S. Constitution on December 7, 1787. The rest of the original 13 colonies soon followed. Over the next almost 200 years, the Union admitted the rest of what today constitutes the 50 States. While no new States have been admitted since Hawaii in 1959, U.S. territories such as Puerto Rico have been the subject of discussion for becoming the 51st State.
Until then, the Union consists of 50 States, each represented by a star on the American flag. The stripes on the American flag represent each of the original 13 colonies, making the American flag a visual representation of both its origins and its current state, united together in one tapestry.
Each State carries its own flag, history, and traditions, and together form the United States of America. How well do you know the shapes and flags of these States? Test your knowledge with this US State quiz, and learn some fun facts about the States along the way!