The same year Fanning “discoverd” Teraina he visited Palmyra Atoll after dreaming of finding an island the night before but never landed. Four years later an American ship, Palmyra, was blown ashore during a storm giving the atoll its name. In 1898 Palmyra was annexed to the USA as part of the Territory of Hawaii but was later excluded from becoming the 50th Sate along with the Hawaiian islands. This makes Palmyra the only privately owned territory in the United States. The Palmyra region is currently administered by the U.S. Department of Fish and Wildlife Service and the land is owned by The Nature Conservancy. Truly uninhabited, there is a crew of about 10 residents who maintain the island for ocean science research.