Prior to U.S. statehood, only four states have ever existed as independent nations. Only two of those four states received formal diplomatic recognition. Hawaii was one of them. Hawaii is also the only U.S. state that is outside of North America and entirely in Oceana!
Most people are aware of Hawaii’s eight main islands, the active volcanoes, and the 750 miles of gorgeous coastline (of course). However, few are aware that Hawaii’s territory actually encompasses almost all of the volcanic Hawaiian archipelago — a chain of hundreds of islands that are spread over more than 1,500 miles.
In 1898, Hawaii became a territory of the United States, and was the 50th state admitted to the Union on August 21, 1959.