- An area of land that is under the control or authority of a government
- A region within a country, often with its own local government
- A part of the United States, like Guam or the U.S. Virgin Islands, which is not within a state, but has its own law-making body
- The island became a US territory after the war.
- The territory is seeking statehood, which would grant it representation in Congress.
- Despite not being a state, the territory has its own legislature and infrastructure.