Arizona: State 48
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Even if you didn’t grow up in Arizona, you’ve probably taken pride at one point or another in the phrase “State 48”. It’s got a nice ring to it that’s for sure. As a family-friendly sports bar located in West Phoenix, we certainly have felt that sense of pride. Let us give a brief history as to how Arizona became our nation’s 48th state.
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It wouldn’t be right if we didn’t acknowledge that the territory of Arizona, along with much of North and South America, has had native inhabitants since the Paleolithic period over 10,000 years ago. With that being said, the modern United States introduced Delaware as their first official state in 1787. As a reference point, it wouldn’t be until February 14th of 1912 that Arizona would join the Union. Happy Valentines Day America! But that is getting ahead of ourselves cause there’s a lot more history leading up to that day.
The Becoming of State 48
Before February 14th, 1912, the territory of Arizona had numerous different inhabitants and “owners.” There was a Spanish Period from 1528 to 1821, which covered much of the modern-day Southwest. The period was initiated by gold-thirsty conquistadors and eventually brought Catholic missions along as well. The Spanish Period ended with the great Mexican War of Independence, which ended in 1821. By this time, American settlers were beginning to slowly creep West–at least a little beyond the Appalachian Mountains.
The Mexican Period would sadly only last from 1821-1848. During those short 27 years, Americans would begin to settle in Texas and start a revolution there. Mexico lost control of the territory after the U.S.-Mexican War ended with the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo, which ceded the land to the US.
The Period between 1848 and 1912 is known as the Territorial Period. It was coincidentally inaugurated the same year as the famous California Gold Rush that saw a massive influx of settlers into the region. For a brief period of time, the Confederate States of America claimed the territory of Arizona as a State in 1862. In 1869 the Grand Canyon was explored by John Wesley Powell. And for quite a few years, this territory was known by many to be a part of the crude and harsh land known as the Wild West. Finally, in on February 14th, 1912, the territory of Arizona was given the honor of becoming an official state of the Union.
A Few Other Facts About State 48
Arizona is the 6th largest state in the country in terms of area. Between the years of 1854 to the 1950s, copper was Arizona’s prime resource. Phoenix became Arizona’s capital before it was even a state in 1901. Oh, and the best wings in all of Phoenix are located at AZ Long Wongs Famous Wings in West Phoenix! Come eat wings and get nostalgic with us.
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