What was the name of the region that the Thirteen Colonies settled in?
Originally the defining status of colonists from various countries was that they came to the Americas. When the region known as British America was subdivided by the Revolutionary War into the US and Canada, the thirteen colonies kept the name Americans rather than try to define some other name for their nationality.
What was the name of the document in which England finally recognized the colonies as free as an independent country?
The southern colonies were settled by either the English, French or the Spanish. The deep south, from Florida to Louisiana were settled by the Spanish or French and going up the Atlantic coast from Georgia were mostly settled by the English. As a matter of fact Georgia is name for King George II, the king of England in the early 1700s.
No. The continent that later became known as Australia was unknown in the 1500s, and only theorised about. However, early sea voyagers referred to the theoretical continental mass in the southern hemisphere as Terra Australis Incognita, which literally translates to "the unknown land of the South". It was also variously known as Locac or Lucach, India meridional (South India), Java le Grande and Terra Australis by Mercator (and others) in the latter half of the…
The name "United States of America" can be found in the Declaration of Independence, issued on July 4, 1776 to tell the King that the thirteen American colonies were no longer willing to be under English rule, and their intention was to become a free and independent country. The title line of this document reads "The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America."
The Declaration of Independence is the usual name of a statement adopted by the Continental Congress on July 4, 1776, which announced that the thirteen American colonies, then at war with Great Britain, regarded themselves as thirteen newly independent sovereign states, and no longer a part of the British Empire.
If you are asking about the American colonies, the original thirteen states all seemed to have access to rivers, including the Hudson, the James, the Potomac, the Connecticut, and the Delaware Rivers, just to name a few. But if you are asking about other colonies, it becomes difficult to answer the question, since there were colonies all over the world, some of which were in land-locked countries, where there were few if any rivers.
The colonies were obtained by mainly English expansion westwards from the 16th century onwards. Colonies were established during the reign of Elizabeth 1 - hence the name Virginia - but they failed. Colonisation expanded rapidly (and brutally) during the 17th. As territory was taken from indigenous peoples they became colonies in their own right based on English customs and laws. In short, they were stolen.