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Growth of a Nation -Orignial Colonies

This page describes America's beginning with the original 13 colonies.

Jamestown, America's first permanent colony

Jamestown - First Permanent English Colony

13 English Colonies

America as we know it began in 1607, when John Smith and the Jamestown settlers built the first permanent English settlement on a marshy peninsula on the James River in southeastern Virginia. Over the next 168 years, the English crown dominated settlement in America, dispatching the Dutch from the region in 1664, and the French from the entire continent in 1763 as a result of the French and Indian War. During the 1600s and early 1700s the English established 13 bustling colonies along the east coast of America. By 1775, nearly 2.5 million people had settled there. These were the same colonies that became tired of English taxes and declared their independence in 1776.

The Story of a Growing Nation

Original Colonies
Colonial Territory (Northwest Territory)
Land Ordinances of 1784 and 1785
The Louisiana Purchase
The Establishment of the 49th Parallel
The Monroe Doctrine
The Adams-Onis Treaty and the Annexation of Florida
The Building of the Erie Canal
The Battle of the Alamo
Oregon Territory
Manifest Destiny
California Gold Rush
Mexican-American War
The Alaska Purchase
The Annexation of Hawaii
The Gadsden Purchase


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