You're not talking about the continental US are you b/c in 1898 they were states by then not colonies. And the land out west were all territories. A colony would have to be a band of US citizens claiming land in another county. I took US history last semester from first settlement thru civil war. Global connections is coming up in the fall. So my world history is pretty bad, I thought i could help though. Good luck man, read thru your book and dont hesistate to ask the teacher for help.