What are colonies?
1. A group of emigrants or their descendants who settle in a
distant territory but remain subject to or closely associated with
the parent country.
2. A territory thus settled. 2. A region politically controlled
by a distant country; a dependency.
3. a. A group of people with the same interests or ethnic origin
concentrated in a particular area: the American colony in Paris. b.
The area occupied by such a group.
4. The British colonies that became the original 13 states of
the United States.
5. A group of people who have been institutionalized in a
relatively remote area: an island penal colony.
6. Ecology. A group of the same kind of animals, plants, or
one-celled organisms living or growing together.
7. Microbiology. A visible growth of microorganisms, usually in
a solid or semisolid nutrient medium.
The history of the original 13 colonies is a tangled tale indeed.
There are many ways to view the events and, in hind sight, it is
easy to think you understand. The Thirteen Colonies were British
colonies in North America founded between 1607, with the settlement
of Virginia, and 1732, with the settlement of Georgia. Although
Britain held additional colonies in North America and the West
Indies, the colonies referred to as the "thirteen" are those that
rebelled against British rule in 1775, and formally proclaimed
their independence as the United States of America on July 4, 1776.