Thirteen Colonies

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Thirteen Colonies

Thir·teen Colonies

 (thûr-tēn′)
The thirteen British colonies in North America that joined together to form the original states of the United States, including New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Georgia.
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We, therefore, the Representatives of the United States of America, in General Congress, Assembled, appealing to the Supreme Judge of the world for the rectitude of our intentions, do, in the Name, and by the Authority of the good People of these Colonies, solemnly publish and declare, That these United Colonies are, and of Right ought to be Free and Independent States; that they are Absolved from all Allegiance to the British Crown, and that all political connection between them and the State of Great Britain, is and ought to be totally dissolved; and that as Free and Independent States, they have full Power to levy War, conclude Peace, contract Alliances, establish Commerce, and to do all other Acts and Things which Independent States may of right do.
Upon the principles of the Declaration of Independence, the dissolution of the ties of allegiance, the assumption of sovereign power, and the institution of civil government, are all acts of transcendent authority, which the people alone are competent to perform; and, accordingly, it is in the name and by the authority of the people, that two of these acts--the dissolution of allegiance, with the severance from the British Empire, and the declaration of the United Colonies, as free and independent States--were performed by that instrument.
In the Declaration of Independence, the enacting and constituent party dispensing and delegating sovereign power is the whole people of the United Colonies. The recipient party, invested with power, is the United Colonies, declared United States.
The signers of the Declaration further averred, that the one people of the United Colonies were then precisely in that situation--with a government degenerated into tyranny, and called upon by the laws of nature and of nature's God to dissolve that government and to institute another.
Some 243 years ago north of the Americas, 13 united colonies revolted against what they described as Imperial Britain's ''oppressive rule''.
Betsy Ross, a revolutionary woman, was asked to create a flag that would be a symbol of the united colonies. This woman, not a man, created, out of nothing, an item that became a symbol for freedom.
This act declares, that "these United Colonies," (not enumerating them separately) "are free and independent states; and that, as free and independent states, they have the full power to do all acts and things which independent states may, of right, do." The confederation was not intended to weaken or abridge the powers and rights, to which the United States were previously entitled.
United Colonies What would be the shape of a cupola roof?
We, therefore, the Representatives of the united States of America, in General Congress, Assembled, appealing to the Supreme Judge of the world for the rectitude of our intentions, do, in the Name, and by Authority of the good People of these Colonies, solemnly publish and declare, That these United Colonies are, and of Right ought to be Free and Independent States; that they are Absolved from all Allegiance to the British Crown, and that all political connection between them and the State of Great Britain, is and ought to be totally dissolved; and that as Free and Independent States, they have full Power to levy War, conclude Peace, contract Alliances, establish Commerce, and to do all other Acts and Things which Independent States may of right do.
1775 - United Colonies change name to United States
The document that emerged from under Jefferson's hand, clearly stating that 'these United Colonies are, and of Right ought to be Free and Independent States,' was in fact an engraved invitation to France and Spain asking them to go to war alongside the Americans."

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