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Exploring the United States


The United States in the geographical sense means the continental United States (the 48), Alaska (49th state), Hawaii (50th state), Puerto Rico, Guam, U.S. Virgin Islands, and the Northern Mariana Islands. Surprisingly, American Samoa is not included in the United States. Other geographical territories include territories, incorporated territories, unincorporated territory, outlying possessions, and commonwealths.

However, according to the U. S. Census, a definition of a Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander includes people having origins in any of the original peoples of Hawaii, Guam, Samoa, or other Pacific Islands. The Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander population includes people who check Guamanian, or Chamorro (indigenous people of Guam), and Samoan. It also includes other Polynesian Islanders including Tahitian, Tongan, and Tokelauan. Additionally, it includes Micronesian Islanders including Marshallese, Palauan, and Chuukese. Finally, it includes people from the Melanesian Island chains too.

Confused yet?





Dr. Sheila Embry is a govie, author, pracademician, sister, aunt, cousin, and friend who loves to read, write, think, and laugh. Many of her blog postings are summaries or excerpts of books that she read and wants to share to encourage others. An author with more than 25 years experience within the legislative and executive branches of the U. S. federal government holding 3 accredited degrees: Doctor of Management in Organizational Leadership, Master of Arts in Human Resources Development, and Baccalaureate of Business Administration, she believes in continuing learning both on and off the job. She has been recognized with multiple professional and writing awards for her peer-reviewed, publications. Click the bibliography page above for a listing of all the publications.

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