11 Facts About Thirteen Colonies


Thirteen Colonies, known as the Thirteen British Colonies, the Thirteen American Colonies, or later as the United Colonies, were a group of British colonies on the Atlantic coast of North America.

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The Thirteen Colonies came to have very similar political, constitutional, and legal systems, dominated by Protestant English-speakers.

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The Middle Thirteen Colonies were established on an earlier Dutch colony, New Netherland.

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All the Thirteen Colonies were part of Britain's possessions in the New World, which included territory in Canada, Florida, and the Caribbean.

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Thirteen Colonies had a high degree of self-governance and active local elections, and they resisted London's demands for more control.

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The Thirteen Colonies were complete with the establishment of the Province of Georgia in 1732, although the term "Thirteen Colonies" became current only in the context of the American Revolution.

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Thirteen Colonies was banished from the Massachusetts Bay Colony over theological disagreements; he founded the settlement based on an egalitarian constitution, providing for majority rule "in civil things" and "liberty of conscience" in religious matters.

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The Thirteen Colonies became increasingly divided between Patriots opposed to British rule and Loyalists who supported it.

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Thirteen Colonies were religiously diverse, with different Protestant denominations brought by British, German, Dutch, and other immigrants.

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Thirteen Colonies were independent of one other long before 1774; indeed, all the colonies began as separate and unique settlements or plantations.

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The British crown had only recently acquired several of those lands, and many of the issues facing the Thirteen Colonies did not apply to them, especially in the case of Quebec and Florida.

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