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Section 3Clause 1:New States may be admitted by the Congress into this Union; but no new State shall be formed or erected within the Jurisdiction of any other State; nor any State be formed by the Junction of two or more States, or Parts of States, without the Consent of the Legislatures of the States concerned as well as of the Congress. Clause 2:The Congress shall have Power to dispose of and make all needful Rules and Regulations respecting the Territory or other Property belonging to the United States; and nothing in this Constitution shall be so construed as to Prejudice any Claims of the United States, or of any particular State.
Originally posted by KevinR1990
reply to post by Brother Stormhammer
Yes, Article IV, Section 3 does state how to go about and create new states.....out of existing U.S. territory. However, it says nothing about the acquisition of new territories.
If I recall, when Thomas Jefferson made the Louisiana Purchase, one of the big points of opposition was that there was no provision in the U.S. Constitution for acquiring new territory, be it through purchase, treaty or conquest.