from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- The thirteen British colonies in North America that joined together to form the original states of the United States, including New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Georgia.
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- proper n. The thirteen British colonies that successfully revolted in 1775--1781, forming the nucleus of the United States of America. To wit: New Hampshire, Massachusetts (including present-day Maine), Rhode Island, Connecticut, New York (including present-day Vermont), New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Delaware, Virginia (including present-day West Virginia), North Carolina, South Carolina, and Georgia.
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When the Thirteen Colonies declared their independence almost two centuries ago, they opened the door to a new vision of liberty and of human fulfillment -- not just for an elite but for all.