Thirteen Colonies, the

Thirteen Colonies, the,

term used for the colonies of British North America that joined together in the American Revolution against the mother country, adopted the Declaration of Independence in 1776, and became the United States. They were New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Georgia. They are also called the Thirteen Original States.
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The culmination of the spirit of toleration came in 1649 when the Maryland General Assembly codified what had been official policy since the settlers' landing fifteen years earlier, the first official act of religious toleration in the Thirteen Colonies, the |Act Concerning Religion'.