Thursday, August 23, 2012
The original 13 colonies
There were four in New England: New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and Connecticut.
The four Middle Colonies: New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Delaware.
And there were five in the South: Maryland, Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Georgia.
[Click map to enlarge].
The most sparsely populated was Georgia – it was not founded until 1732 – so it was the most generous in offering land to veterans after the Revolutionary War.
Virginia was the first colony founded (1607)… and African slaves were brought there a dozen years later. It was the most populous colony.
The smallest in land area, Rhode Island, was the first to declare independence from England.
By 1775 there were about 2 ½ million settlers in the colonies. (The population of Britain was more than three times greater.)