Red 2012/09/11 16:48:04

The Thirteen Colonies were the colonies on the Atlantic coast of North America founded between 1607 (Virginia) and 1733 (Georgia). They revolted in the American Revolution, starting in 1775, and in 1776 declared their independence from the British Empire and formed a new nation, the United States of America. The colonies were: Delaware, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Georgia, Connecticut, Massachusetts Bay, Maryland, South Carolina, New Hampshire, Virginia, New York, North Carolina, and Rhode Island and Providence Plantations. Each colony developed its own system of self government. Americans were mostly independent farmers, who owned their own land and voted for their local and provincial government. Benjamin Franklin, in 1772, after examining the wretched hovels in Scotland surrounding the opulent mansions of the land owners, said that in New England "every man" is a property owner, "has a Vote in public Affairs, lives in a tidy, warm House, has plenty of good Food and Fuel, with whole clothes from Head to Foot, the Manufacture perhaps of his own family."[1]

Before independence, the thirteen were part of a larger set of colonies in British America. Those in the British West Indies, Newfoundland, the Province of Quebec, Nova Scotia and East Florida remained loyal to the crown throughout the war, although there was a degree of sympathy with the Patriot cause in several of them. However, their geographical isolation and the dominance of British naval power precluded any effective participation.[2]

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  • Gordon 2012/09/11 17:05:06
    Thanks for the fun history reminder, Red. My home state of Virginia had been elevated to Commonwealth status by the Stuart dynasty after the defeat of the fanatic Roundhead protestants, who were Oliver Cromwell's henchmen. Religious fanatics make for destructive, murderous rulers. Williamsburg
  • Red Gordon 2012/09/11 17:14:22
  • Gordon Red 2012/09/11 19:59:25
    How true, and how sad. Many people I've chatted with on here seem not to know what the Bible actually has in it. Few seem to know that the followers of Christ are the Spiritual Israel, and that God Almighty ended his special with Jewish Israel a few decades after Jesus' execution. It even tells is in the Bible that the Jewish Sanhedrin (the Jewish High Court) wanted Jesus murdered by the Romans, because God's laws were a threat to their power and control. But, the Jews did not want to be blamed - so they handed Jesus over to the Romans for executon.
  • Red Gordon 2012/09/11 21:52:41

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