When Did the Thirteen Colonies Come Into Existence?


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The Thirteen Colonies came into existence between 1607 and 1732. The British governed the colonies until the Revolutionary War.

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When Did the Thirteen Colonies Come Into Existence?
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The first of the Thirteen Colonies was Jamestown, which was founded by The London Company in 1607. Massachusetts was founded in 1620, followed by New Hampshire in 1623 and Maryland between 1632 and 1634. The fifth of the colonies, Connecticut, came into existence in 1635. Rhode Island followed in 1636. In 1638, Delaware was founded, initially as a part of New Sweden, followed by New Carolina and South Carolina in 1653 and New York in 1664. The last three colonies were New Jersey, founded in 1664, Pennsylvania, founded in 1682 and Georgia, which came into existence long after the others, in 1732.

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