Texas – Abbreviated TX
Capital – Austin
Texas is the second largest and second most populous state in the U.S.A. In 1948, after two years of war, the U.S. purchased Texas as well as other areas of the American Southwest from Mexico for 18.25 million dollars. Texas officially became a state in December 1845.
Alabama – Abbreviated AL
Capital – Montgomery
Alabama officially became a state in December of 1819. Known as the “Cotton” state, Alabama has long been known as a control hub for cotton farming. During the American Civil War Alabama joined the Confederate States of America, losing the war in 1865 and returning to the U.S. in 1868.
Alaska – Abbreviated AK
Alaska is the 49th of 50 states to join the Union. Known for its gold and vast wilderness, Alaska is the largest of the States. Alaska is separated from the U.S. by Canada and is only one of two states (the other being Hawaii) that is not contiguous.
Arizona – Abbreviated AZ
Capital – Phoenix
Considered part of the territory of New Mexico until 1863, Arizona became the 48th state in the Union in February of 1912. Arizona is probably most known for its vast swaths of desert.
Arkansas – Abbreviated AR
Capital – Little Rock
Officially joining the Union in June 1836, Arkansas was long known for its fur trading and agriculture. While much of the nation’s poor still reside in the Ozark mountains, Arkensas as a whole has grown to meet the needs of modern consumer demand, the gross domestic product of the state was 105 billion dollars in 2010.
Colorado – Abbreviated CO
Capital – Denver
In August 1876 Colorado became an official state in the U.S.A. Known as the “Rocky Mountain State”, Colorado is also comprised of a large amount of flat plain lands. Look closely at a map of the U.S. and you will see that Colorado is the only state that is “square” with straight line borders.