achieving statehood. Interesting comparable studies could be made of the prior government and state-making processes of these states and those that passed through the territorial period.
Since 1960 there has been a healthy expansion of research and writing on territorial history, government, and economics, yet the questions asked over the years by Western historians are still applicable today and answers are still needed.64 We are beginning to fashion an intricate portrayal of the growth of political, social, and economic institutions in the newly settled regions. Much remains to be done, however, and more data are necessary before we can provide depth and insight into the overall process and the operation of a successful imperial system. Territorial politics and history continues to be an interesting field of study peopled with fascinating men creating new states.