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Unorganized territory

An unorganized territory is a region of land without a "normally" constituted system of government. This does not mean that the territory has no government at all or that it is unclaimed territory. In practice, such territories are always sparsely populated.

Historically, the term "unorganized territory" was applied to an area in which there was no effective government control of affairs on a day-to-day basis, such as the former U.S. territories where the government exerted only transient control when its forces were actually present. In modern usage it indicates an area in which local government does not exist, or exists only in embryonic form. However the area is still, at least in theory, governed by the nation of which it forms part, or by a smaller unit of that nation.

These lightly governed regions were common in the 19th century during the growth of United States. Large tracts such as the


  • United States 1
    • U.S. Census Bureau 1.1
    • United States territory 1.2
  • Canada 2
  • See also 3
  • References 4
  • External links 5

United States

U.S. Census Bureau

Unorganized territories, as defined by the

  • Unorganized Territory County Subdivisions United States Census Bureau

External links

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  2. ^ U.S. Census Bureau, Geography Division (February 2011). "Geographic Terms and Concepts - County Subdivision". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved July 10, 2012. 


See also

Unorganized territories also exist in certain regions of Canada, such as Northern Ontario where there is no region-wide level of government. In Quebec, territory not within the border of a municipality of some sort is unorganized territory.


In modern parlance, such territory would be considered Spanish–American War in 1898.

Alaska Territory in 1912.

In 1858, the western part of the Oklahoma. The remainder was incorporated into the State of Oklahoma upon its admission to the union in 1907.

At various times during the 19th century, large parts of the Indian Territory as the only unorganized territory in the Great Plains.

Unorganized territories (dark green) in 1900.

An unorganized territory can also be a Palmyra Atoll (formerly part of the Territory of Hawaii) is the only unorganized incorporated U.S. territory. The other unorganized and all organized territories are unincorporated. Incorporated territories are permanently part of the United States whereas unincorporated territories may be sold, leased or granted independence by the United States.

Unorganized territory (dark green) in 1830.

United States territory

[2] In the

At the Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, a United States Marine Corps base with a census population of 34,452 inhabitants.


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