The Thirteen Colonies were British colonies on the Atlantic coast of North America,  which declared their independence in the American Revolution and formed the United States.  The colonies, whose territory ranged from what is now Maine (then part of the Province of Massachusetts Bay) to the north and Georgia to the south, were Delaware, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Georgia, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Maryland, South Carolina, New Hampshire,  Virginia, New York, North Carolina, and Rhode Island.   At the time of the Revolution, these colonies contained territory now outside of the borders of the modern states.

Though the concept of “Thirteen Colonies” is firmly enshrined in American culture following the Revolution, through the war the colonies’ relations with each other and with the other British colonies in North America were fluid. By mid-1775 only twelve of these colonies had taken any formal steps towards revolution; Georgia, the newest of the thirteen, did not participate in the First Continental Congress and initially did not send delegates to the Second.  The other British colonies (in the British West Indies,  what is now Canada, and the Floridas)  all remained officially loyal to the crown through the war, but several expressed some level of sympathy with the Patriot cause.  However, their geographical isolation and the dominance of British naval power precluded any effective participation.

Facts of the Thirteen Colonies

Connecticut:  5th to become a state 1788; settled by Puritans from Massachusetts; state laws were model for US Constitution; nickname is Constitution State

Delaware:  1st state 12-7-1787; Delaware’s Blue Hen army (named for their leader’s pet fighting Blue Hen rooster) turned away advancing British in initial skirmish with great speed and bravery; the 13-star flag was flown in battle here first

Georgia:  Last colony settled but was 4th to ratify Constitution and become state; named after King George II

Maryland:  Named for Queen Henrietta Maria of England; Known for its valiant army; statehood 4-28-1788; part of state became Washington D C

Massachusetts:  Plymouth Rock home; became a state 2-6-1788; once had a carved wooden codfish on the wall of the State House because codfish were a big state industry

New Hampshire:  Named for Hampshire County in England; became state 6-21-1788; was heavily explored by both French and English

New Jersey:  Land was given to the Governor of the Isle of Jersey in the English Channel for this colony; it would be the site of over 100 battles and skirmishes before the Revolution ended

New York:  Named for the Duke of York (brother of King Charles II); statehood 7-26-1788; US Congress met here after Revolution

North Carolina:  Home of Roanoke Island’s Lost Colony; first child born in America was John White’s granddaughter Virginia on 8-18-1587; statehood 11-21-1789

Pennsylvania:  Means Penn’s Woods, named for William Penn; nickname Keystone State because it is the center of the arch of thirteen colonies; 2nd state 12-12-1787; settled by various religious groups who greatly enhanced colonial life with inventions such as the Conestoga Wagon.

Rhode Island:  Smallest colony and state; not an island, was maybe named for Isle of Rhodes in Aegean Sea; 1st declare independence from England but last of thirteen to become a state because of concerns over being fairly represented in spite of size

South Carolina:  Once part of “Carolana” with NC; nickname Palmetto State because fortress of palms kept British warship away from Charleston harbor in 1776 battle; statehood 5-23-1778

Virginia:  Home to four of the first five US presidents, and eventually home to four more; site of 1st permanent settlement in Jamestown 1607.


John Adams is frustrated with congress for not granting his motion for American Independence.



  1. ryansgrammy Says:

    First — bbl — Great topic jr. I was just reading that they found in some educastional history book that the “muslims” were here in this country before Christopher Columbus — they made them change the book! Keep on with your history lessons. 😀

  2. jrinNC Says:

    Morning everyone – I hope every one had a great day yesterday at your local tea parties. I know that I did and I am hoping that I made a difference to the young man who stopped me to ask what was going on (comment on previous thread).

    Don’t laugh when you see this old lady on the local news video. I’m not quite as young and beautiful as Katie and j.b. But I have a lot of fight in me and will keep doing all I can to ensure that my voice is heard. It seems this voice is falling on deaf ears at times, but ONE DAY people will wake up.

  3. jrinNC Says:

    Morning Grammy – going to be another beautiful day for us here on the east coast.

  4. jrinNC Says:

    I am off this AM here in the next few to do battle again. The assisted living home where my Mom was again failed to give me all her medicines when we left. We discovered it yesterday when she ran out of a heart medicine and the new home called to get it filled – DENIED – as it was filled on 2 Apr. The other home returned the meds on Wed and did not even have the decency to call me to come and get them. So I have to get to her Dr first thing and get him to give me a prescription for 30 days and pay for it myself since Medicare won’t pay for it again. P*SSed Off – you have NO idea how mad I am.

  5. CJ Says:

    Morning! I finally have an easy day at work today so I can get to my blog reading done early! Now you know that’s the important activity of the day right??!!

    I love this new thread topic! Makes me so proud to read again where this great nation planted it’s roots. Those were the days when my NYS was actually a patriotic participant. Well sort of. I think they were very reluctant on alot of the issues going against the British. but they did eventually and helped to start the nation growing.

    Now to my big rant of the morning. How does everyone like what the wanna be-King had to say yesterday about us? Alisky 101. Use ridicule to attack the opponent. He did it perfectly yesterday. We Tea Party members “amuse him”!!!!! Now how’s that sitting with everyone? What an incredible a$$ he is, but he continues to recieve support and adulation from sooo many clueless Americans. From his seat high in the clouds he looks down on his subjects and proclaims: “They amuse me. They should be thanking me.” My goodness this man is annoying beyond belief. He needs to resign, be impeached or voted out in 2012. I have never heard such arrogance in my life. Who the H*** does he think he is? Again I say, Alinsky 101 because he knows this movement is growing, is voting and they can’t stand him or his policies. He’s right.

    WE WILL VOTE IN 2012.

  6. ryansgrammy Says:

    GOP Senator threatens Obama administration with subpoenas
    From CNN’s Political ticker:

    April 15, 2010
    Washington (CNN) – A top GOP Senator promised Thursday to subpoena the Obama administration if they fail to provide information sought in a Congressional investigation into last November’s mass shooting at Fort Hood.

    Sen. Susan Collins of Maine, the ranking Republican on the Senate Homeland Security Committee, said the Obama administration is “stonewalling” their investigation.

    Both Collins and Sen. Joe Lieberman, the chairman of the committee, have been trying since November to obtain information from the Justice and Defense Departments about the shooting rampage, in which Army Major Nidal Malik Hasan killed 13 people.

  7. Troy Says:

  8. ryansgrammy Says:

    This evil woman is delusional!!! This kind of BS is an excellent recruitment tool for the tea party movement 😀
    Democrats dismiss Tea Party activists

    It never ends; does it?

    April 15, 2010

    Washington (CNN) – As Tea Party activists mounted protests in Washington and announced a list of Congressional Democrats they’re targeting for defeat in November, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi dismissed the group’s impact on Democrats in the upcoming midterm elections and argued the Tea Party could hurt Republicans.

    “I think it’s going to have an impact on Republicans in November. We always just keep our eye on the ball as to what our own races are and keep going in a forward direction,” Pelosi said Thursday.

    Pelosi explained that Republicans could suffer is because Tea Party activists are promoting conservative challenges to GOP candidates in their primaries.

    While the speaker said she welcomes “any and all voices of the American people,” she said that Democrats have the message and the money to prevail in November.

    Our message about health care, about job creation, about fiscal responsibility, about lowering taxes for the middle class, about stabilizing the economy,” she said. “We believe will hold us in good stead.”.

  9. ryansgrammy Says:

    Liberal “Never Mind” Moment: Waxman Cancels CEO Hearings About Healthcare Costs

    Caught in an “Oh, never mind” moment, Rep. Waxman cancelled the supposed grilling of the CEO’s of Corporations stating that the Healthcare bill recently passed and signed into law WILL cost them MILLIONS.

    April 14, 2010

    Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Henry Waxman, D-Calif., has canceled a hearing intended to grill CEOs who took a charge against profits because of the health care reform bill.

    The cancellation came after they realized what everyone already knew – that the companies were required to do what they did because of accounting rules. Waxman and others had reacted with outrage and accused the companies of doing it – in essence, to make health care reform look bad.

    AT&T took a $1 billion charge and other companies including Caterpillar, John Deere, and Valero Energy, and 3M took hundreds of millions in charges because of the health care reforms.

  10. ryansgrammy Says:

  11. ryansgrammy Says:

    From The Obama File

    Howard Kurtz says the White House ripped CBS News on Thursday for publishing an online column by a blogger who made assertions about the sexual orientation of Solicitor General Elena Kagan, widely viewed as a leading candidate for the Supreme Court.

    Ben Domenech, a former Bush administration aide and Republican Senate staffer, wrote that Obama would “please” much of his base by picking the “first openly gay justice.” An administration official, who asked not to be identified discussing personal matters, said Kagan is not a lesbian.

    CBS initially refused to pull the posting, prompting Anita Dunn, a former White House communications director who is working with the administration on the high court vacancy, to say: “The fact that they’ve chosen to become enablers of people posting lies on their site tells us where the journalistic standards of CBS are in 2010.” She said the network was giving a platform to a blogger “with a history of plagiarism” who was “applying old stereotypes to single women with successful careers.”

    The network deleted the posting Thursday night after Domenech said he was merely repeating a rumor. The flare-up underscores how quickly the battle over a Supreme Court nominee — or even a potential nominee — can turn searingly personal. Most major news organizations have policies against “outing” gays or reporting on the sex lives of public officials unless they are related to their public duties.

    A White House spokesman, Ben LaBolt, said he complained to CBS because the column “made false charges.” Domenech later added an update to the post: “I have to correct my text here to say that Kagan is apparently still closeted — odd, because her female partner is rather well known in Harvard circles.”

  12. ryansgrammy Says:

    Black Tea Partier: “These are my people. Americans.”
    Amen brother!

    Reporter: “There aren’t a lot of African-American men at these events, have you ever felt uncomfortable?”

    Check out the short and sweet video at link below

  13. ryansgrammy Says:

    jr — you did a great job with a microphone in your face — I would have been tripping all over my tongue. I’m one of those who rank public speaking up there at the top of the list of my fears :(. The only time I wasn’t nervous talking in front of a group was at my retirement party 😀

  14. ryansgrammy Says:

    Exactly what we should strive for in our institutions of higher learning — a FAIR EDUCATION — we have allowed every aspect of our educational system to be dumbed down because of people who are dumb and dumber. We need to raise the bar and strive for excellence not mediocrity and stop rewarding people for just getting by. We need to abolish the worthless Department of Education!
    Professor removed for tough grading
    Thomas Lifson

    Grade inflation appears to have become policy at Louisiana State University, where Professor Dominique G. Homberger was removed from teaching an introductory biology course for giving tough grades. USA Today reports that the professor

    … gives brief quizzes at the beginning of every class, to assure attendance and to make sure students are doing the reading. On her tests, she doesn’t use a curve, as she believes that students must achieve mastery of the subject matter, not just achieve more mastery than the worst students in the course. For multiple choice questions, she gives 10 possible answers, not the expected 4, as she doesn’t want students to get very far with guessing.

    Kevin Carman, dean of the College of Basic Sciences, issued a statement, including:

    “The class in question is an entry-level biology class for non-science majors, and, at mid-term, more than 90% of the students in Dr. Homberger’s class were failing or had dropped the class. The extreme nature of the grading raised a concern, and we felt it was important to take some action to ensure that our students receive a rigorous, but fair, education. Professor Homberger is not being penalized in any way; her salary has not been decreased nor has any aspect of her appointment been changed.”

  15. ryansgrammy Says:

    Bill Clinton Ties to Tea Party to Oklahoma City Bombing…

    Using the Oklahoma City tragedy for political purposes in reprehensible beyond belief…

    With the 15th anniversary of the Oklahoma City bombing approaching, former President Bill Clinton on Thursday drew parallels between the antigovernment tone that preceded that devastating attack and the political tumult of today, saying government critics must be mindful that angry words can stir violent actions.

    In advance of a symposium on Friday about the attack on the Oklahoma City federal building and its current relevance, Mr. Clinton, who was in his first term at the time of the bombing, warned that attempts to incite opposition by demonizing the government can provoke responses beyond what political figures intend.

    “There can be real consequences when what you say animates people who do things you would never do,” Mr. Clinton said in an interview, saying that Timothy McVeigh, who carried out the Oklahoma City bombing, and those who assisted him, “were profoundly alienated, disconnected people who bought into this militant antigovernment line.”

  16. ryansgrammy Says:

    Oh Brother… Dem Rep Changes Story: I Didn’t Hear “N*gger” I Heard “F*ggot”
    Friday, April 16, 2010, 5:47 AM
    Jim Hoft
    Whatever he heard Rep. Heath Shuler swears it came from those foul-mouthed, church-going, tax-paying, US flag-toting tea party patriots who assembled in Washington DC to protest the Democrats takeover of the US health care industry.

    Heath Shuler now says it wasn’t the n-word he heard, it was fagg*t.
    Whatever, Heath.
    Blue Ridge Now reported:

    U.S. Rep. Heath Shuler is distancing himself from comments he made to the Times-News last month, stating he heard racial slurs yelled from a crowd of angry health care protesters outside the U.S. Capitol.

    On March 20, black Democratic congressmen John Lewis, Andre Carson and Emanuel Cleaver said they heard the N-word as they walked to the Capitol to vote on health care. Rep. Barney Frank, D-Mass., who is gay, said anti-homosexual epithets were yelled at him.

    At that time, Shuler told the Times-News he was walking toward the Capitol with Cleaver when protesters began yelling racial epithets at Cleaver.

    On Wednesday, Shuler told The Associated Press that he heard slurs against Frank, but not Cleaver.

  17. ryansgrammy Says:

    Lt. Col. Allen West gives rousing Tax Day Tea Party Speech!
    Posted by therightscoop in Politics on Apr 16th, 2010 | View Comments
    Out of all the Tax Day Tea Party speeches I’ve heard today, this one inspired me more than any other. Lt. Col. Allen West talks about being called a sellout and how that makes him want to fight even more. This man will be a force when he wins in Nov 2010!

  18. ryansgrammy Says:

    From Dr. Kate’s Blog — haven’t listened to it yet but it sounds interesting.
    Invisible Empire–The Film
    Published April 16, 2010 Tyranny in America 1 Comment
    Tags: New World Order, Obama civilian corps, terrorism, usurp
    ©2010 drkate

    The T-Room has an excellent story up about the real George Herbert Walker Bush and his role in ushering the New World Order. It is a must read, providing key background on the deadly end game being played right now.

    Here is the full version of “Invisible Empire”, produced by Infowars

  19. jrinNC Says:

    We Tea Party members “amuse him”!!!!!

    CJ that is because he really is sweating what we can do. That is also Psychology 101 he is using. Him, Pelousey and the rest of them are making out like they are not disturbed. That is OK let them think what they want. If we have the opportunity for an election we the people will speak loud and clear. My fear is something will happen that will thwart the election.

    Grammy I was so angry when I spoke I could not even tell you all I said. They cut out the good parts. But I have taught classes to the top brass military and so I got over my fear of speaking before crowds many years ago. Today my mouth gets me in more trouble than I want 🙂

  20. jrinNC Says:

    O’R and Kelly – Troy you knew they would. Kelly is afraid she will lose her job so she is towing the line. I don’t think O’R really cares. That is his major flaw.

  21. blessedistruth Says:

    You know I’ve been trying to remember where I used to post before I even started RS.

    Hillary Clinton Forum is gone.

    That’s where I met HillBuzz and many others.

    Larry Sinclair, Citizen Wells, Zach Jones, Cao.

    And of course API long time before anyone ever heard of Korir.

    I posted Korir articles at HCF long before he ever made his claim about Michelle Obama tape.

    So I’m wondering how they’re all doing.

    I never fully agreed with any of these bloggers, even though I considered them friends.

    I’ve always had to be my own person.

    But I do maintain we were right.

    Whatever powers we were fighting against to prevent Obama from assuming power.

    We lost, but it was a good fight.

    I’m hoping I’m hoping I’m hoping …

    Most of the rest of our fellow Americans see that now.

  22. jrinNC Says:

    Hey Rose glad to hear from you. It is hard to believe so much time has gone by since those blogging sites were the bomb. Old sammy scammy had us going for quiet a while.

    BO might have gotten in but we are all hoping we can derail the train he is driving before he totally drives that train off the cliffs with us on board.

  23. Troy Says:

    jrinNC Says:
    April 16, 2010 at 6:48 pm edit

    BO might have gotten in but we are all hoping we can derail the train he is driving before he totally drives that train off the cliffs with us on board.

  24. Troy Says:

    The Socialist Blues

  25. jrinNC Says:

    Troy I love it when you come up with songs that match my rhetoric

  26. jrinNC Says:


  27. rosettasister Says:

    you know I have to ask this.

    it seems some of my comments are gone.

    around the time my brother-in law died in that car accident.

    would anyone know anything about that?


  28. jrinNC Says:

    Kenyan Parliament restores March 25, 2010 Minutes declaring Obama born in Kenya

    The March 25, 2010 “Hansard,” or Minutes of the Kenyan Parliament, is again accessible through the Parliament’s website. The document contains a clear and unequivocal statement that Barack Hussein Obama was born in Kenya and is consequently not a “native American.”

  29. rosettasister Says:

    I’ll wait until I hear something.

    You know where to find me.

  30. Troy Says:

    rosettasister Says:

    April 16, 2010 at 8:27 pm
    you know I have to ask this.

    it seems some of my comments are gone.

    around the time my brother-in law died in that car accident.

    would anyone know anything about that?

    Rose, I am the only person who has ever deleted any comments and those were on a couple our recent posts in order to prolong the life of a thread.

    No comments from any of the older threads have been deleted by anyone here.

    Are you positive some old comments are gone?

    I’m baffled!

  31. jrinNC Says:

    Obama’s NASA speech was completely staged — not a single NASA worker was permitted to attend

    The President came down here in his campaign and told these 15,000 workers here at the Space Center that if they would vote for him, that he would protect their jobs. 9,000 of them are about to lose their job. He is speaking before 200, extra hundred people here today only. It’s invitation only. He has not invited a single space worker from this space port to attend. It’s only academics and other high officials from outside of the country. Not one of them is invited to hear the President of the United States, on their own space port, speak today.

  32. jrinNC Says:

    Apologies if posted already

    Fox News yanks Sean Hannity from Cincinnati Tea Party rally he was set to star in

    Angry Fox News executives ordered host Sean Hannity to abandon plans to broadcast his nightly show as part of a Tea Party rally in Cincinnati on Thursday after top executives learned that he was set to headline the event, proceeds from which would benefit the local Tea Party organization.

  33. jrinNC Says:

    Rose I know I haven’t deleted any comments from previous threads. Like Troy said we only do it on threads we have done. I even made a statement to that effect a few days ago that I would not delete anything from your threads.

  34. Troy Says:

    The only thing I have ever deleted was meaningless back-n-forth chit- chat from two recent posts in order to extend the thread life while waiting for a new thread to be posted.

  35. Troy Says:

    jr, how did you make that smiley sooooooo big!!!!

  36. jrinNC Says:


  37. rosettasister Says:

    I’m sorry.

    I see it now.

    Forgive me.

  38. Troy Says:

    Rose, can you let me know what is going on?….Jr and I have been shut out of the blog.

  39. ryansgrammy Says:

    Just saw where Danny Glover was arrested in MD hanging out with the SEIU thugs including Stern.

    Actor Danny Glover, 11 others arrested in Md.
    The Associated Press
    Friday, April 16, 2010 6:02 PM EDT
    Actor Danny Glover and 11 others have been arrested during a labor union protest at the Maryland headquarters of a food service company.

    Montgomery County police spokesman Capt. Paul Starks says Glover and others stepped past yellow police tape and were asked to step back three times at Sodexo headquarters. When they refused, Starks says officers arrested them.

    The dozen were issued citations for trespassing and let go. Starks says they face a $1,000 fine or 90 days in jail.

    Starks says organizers told police beforehand that some would risk arrest.

    The Service Employees International Union was protesting what it calls Sodexo’s unfair and illegal treatment of workers. Sodexo says the union was spreading misinformation.

    A publicist for the “Lethal Weapon” actor declined to comment.

  40. jrinNC Says:

    Grammy you got email

  41. ryansgrammy Says:

    Okay — I’m downstairs at hubby’s — I go up to my computer.

  42. CJ Says:

    Just finished watching the Invisible Empire vidoe. Very interesting and very scary. I’m not sure I buy all of it, but even if only some is truth it is frightening to contemplate. At the end, the narrator suggests we wake up and do something to stop all this nwo agenda, but doesn’t give any suggestions how to accomplish that. If all propsed Pres. candidates and other candidates for national office are in the ‘club’ what the heck can we do I wonder.

    Honestly, I’m more confused than ever. I think I am on information overload. Too much reading and not enough clear, truthful and simple resoulutions to any of these huge problems facing all of us. I only care about making things better for my kids and grandkids, but right now I don’t know exactly what to do. Well, tomorrow is another day. Maybe something good will appear to make the picture clearer. Trust the Lord is probably the simplest solution anyway.

    Speaking of God, anybody think we are being sent a message via all the rumblings happening across Mother Earth these days? Earthquakes all over, volcano disrupting transportation over a wide area of Europe and a meteor big enough to light up the sky in the mid-west of the US. Maybe we need to up our prayer levels and do more of the right things down here. Yikes!

  43. ryansgrammy Says:

    CJ — I think you may have mail from Troy and/or jr.

  44. Troy Says:


    Hello Rose’s gang!!!….This URL will be our new home away from home!

    Nothing has changed except for the name and the new URL…Paste the URL into your “favorites” on your browser tool bar.

    Why have we made this move???….That’s a good question and the answer is, that Rose would perfer it this way.

    So, we’re carrying on without missing a beat!


  45. Troy Says:


  46. rosettasister Says:

    I love the smile.

    Much nicer than one more swipe from Tenacity.

  47. rosettasister Says:

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