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us: Nevada


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    • us: NV
    • us: Nev
    • us: State of Nevada
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        (edtf) 1864-10-31
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    • found: Britannica online, April 4, 2017 (Nevada, constituent state of the United States of America. It borders Oregon and Idaho to the north, Utah to the east, Arizona to the southeast, and California to the west; Nevada, which came within U.S. sovereignty under the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo (1848), was a part of California until it was incorporated into the newly organized Utah Territory in 1850. In 1849 a settlement was made at Mormon Station (later Genoa) in Carson Valley, but the population remained sparse until the discovery of the famous Comstock Lode in 1859. From that time on Nevada ceased to be merely a highway for gold seekers on the way to California. Virginia City became the most famous of all the Western mining camps, and the rapid influx of prospectors and settlers resulted in the organization of Nevada Territory in 1861. The American Civil War (1861-65) gave strategic importance to the new territory. Pres. Abraham Lincoln realized that Nevada's mineral wealth could help the Union; he also needed a Northern-allied state to support proposed antislavery amendments to the Constitution and a strategic buffer zone to check Confederate advances against California from Arizona and New Mexico, whose people were sympathetic to the Southern cause. Although Nevada Territory had only about one-fifth of the population required for statehood, Congress accepted the proposed state constitution and voted for statehood in 1864.)
    • found: Wikipedia, April 4, 2017: Nevada Territory (The Territory of Nevada was an organized incorporated territory of the United States that existed from March 2, 1861, until October 31, 1864, when it was admitted to the Union as the State of Nevada; Prior to the creation of the Nevada Territory, the area was part of western Utah Territory and was known as Washoe) Nevada (Nevada; State of Nevada; The United States annexed the area in 1848 after its victory in the Mexican-American War, and it was incorporated as part of Utah Territory in 1850. The discovery of silver at the Comstock Lode in 1859 led to a population boom that became an impetus to the creation of Nevada Territory out of western Utah Territory in 1861. Nevada became the 36th state on October 31, 1864; Nevada is one of only two states to significantly expand its borders after admission to the Union. In 1866 another part of the western Utah Territory was added to Nevada in the eastern part of the state, setting the current eastern boundary. Nevada achieved its current southern boundaries on January 18, 1867, when it absorbed the portion of Pah-Ute County in the Arizona Territory west of the Colorado River, essentially all of present-day Nevada south of the 37th parallel)
    • found: Laws of the Territory of Nevada, passed at the first regular session of the Legislative Assembly, begun the first day of October and ended on the twenty-ninth day of November, 1861, at Carson City, 1862, viewed online via HathiTrust Digital Library, April 4, 2017: page iii (Nevada Territory) page ix (An Act to Organize the Territory of Nevada; territory of Nevada)
    • found: List of U.S. state abbreviations, via Wikipedia, April 4, 2017 (Nevada: ISO: US-NV; ANSI: NV; USPS: NV; USCG: NV; GPO: Nev.; AP: Nev.; Other: Nv.)
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    • 1979-08-17: new
    • 2017-04-05: revised
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