This website gives an overview of the 13 original American Colonies and more. Please note that you can click on any of the titles and be taken to a page that will give you information on that topic. We have researched each of the colonies as well as information about food, transportation, education and so much more.
The colonial times started 70 years aftetr Columbus discovered America. They were the years between 1585 and 1776. The colonies were split into 3 diffrent sections or Colonial groups: the New England Colonies, the Middle Colonies, and the Southern Colonies. Settlers from all over the world came to the colonies for many different reasons. Some came for religious freedom, some came for adventure, some came to make money and some came to get out of debtor prison. The 13 colonies were founded between 1607 and 1732. The first was Virginia in 1607 and the last was Georgia in 1732. The 13 colonies started out with a very small number of people but by the year 1770 there were more than 2 million people living in the colonies.
The 13 original colonies were: Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Connecticut, Rhode Island, New York, New Jersey, Pennylvania, Maryland, Delaware, Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Goergia. Each of the colonies had their own characteristics, but they were grouped together by their location, the reason they were founded and the things that they produced. Most were there because they wanted to practice their own religion, but some came just to make money. No matter what the reason, they had to work hard to survive.
*Tans and freckles were not fasionable.
*If you committed a crime most of the time you would be hung.
*It was against the law to do any work on Sundays.
*You couldn't kiss your mother or father on Sundays.
*Women couldn't vote.
*The first settlement in the new world was Viginia in 1607.
*Manhattan Island, was discovered in 1609 by Henry Hudson, while working for the Dutch East India Company.
-In 1620 a group of English men who fled to Holland to worship freely, crossed the Atlantic and mae it to on the shores of Massachusetts.
*The king of England persecuted the Catholics in his kingdom, and George Calver, wanted freedom for these people in America.
*The first permanent settlement made in the valley of the Connecticut River was made by people from Massachusetts in 1636.
*New Jersey's first permanent settlement was made at Elizabethtown in 1644.
*Unsuccessful attempts to colonize the area of the Carolinas had been made before the English landed at the James River.