Thirteen Colonies - Colonies


  • British colonies in North America, circa 1750. 1: Newfoundland; 2: Nova Scotia; 3: The Thirteen Colonies; 4: Bermuda; 5: Bahamas; 6: British Honduras (was Spanish c1750: became British in 1798); 7: Jamaica; 8: British Leeward Islands and Barbados

  • North American colonies 1763-76, illustrating and territorial claims

  • In 1775, the British claimed authority over the red and pink areas on this map and Spain claimed the orange. The red area is the area of settlement; most lived within 50 miles of the ocean.

  • State land claims based on colonial charters, and later cessions to the U.S. government, 1782-1802

Contemporary documents usually list the thirteen colonies of British North America in geographical order, from the north to the south.

New England Colonies
  • Province of New Hampshire, later New Hampshire, a crown colony
  • Province of Massachusetts Bay, later Massachusetts and Maine, a crown colony
  • Colony of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations, later Rhode Island, a crown colony
  • Connecticut Colony, later Connecticut, a crown colony
Middle Colonies
  • Province of New York, later New York and Vermont, a crown colony
  • Province of New Jersey, later New Jersey, a crown colony
  • Province of Pennsylvania, later Pennsylvania, a proprietary colony
  • Delaware Colony (before 1776, the Lower Counties on Delaware), later Delaware, a proprietary colony
Southern Colonies
(Virginia and Maryland comprised the Chesapeake Colonies)
  • Province of Maryland, later Maryland, a proprietary colony
  • Colony and Dominion of Virginia, later Virginia, Kentucky, and West Virginia, a crown colony
  • Province of North Carolina, later North Carolina and Tennessee, a crown colony
  • Province of South Carolina, later South Carolina, a crown colony
  • Province of Georgia, later Georgia, northern sections of Alabama and Mississippi, a crown colony

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