During the Age of Exploration and adventure travel, the countries of Europe began the quest to explore and settle in new worlds. During this period, explorers found the areas of North and Central America and were determined to establish settlements and claim the area for the mother country. Starting in the early 1600’s, colonists began to establish foundations in the new land. The settlements were primarily in three areas of the new world: New England Colonies, Middle Colonies, and the Southern Colonies.
While there were various settlements, they were all under British rule. Eventually, the settlers established thirteen colonies stretching the length of the Atlantic Ocean. The colonists made the journey from England to the new world with the hope of starting a new life and improved their positions. While this did present new opportunities, it was also a hard life in a strange land.
As time progressed in the 1700’s, the British tightened control over the colonists and began to increase the laws and taxation of the population. These laws such as the Sugar Act and the Stamp Act were put in place to stop the colonists from forming their own country. Despite the tightening of the legislation and rules, the residents of the colonies looked for independence from England.
On July 4, 1776, representatives of the thirteen colonies got together and signed the Declaration of Independence, which proclaimed their independence from Britain. This led to the American Revolution where the colonies fought the British for control of the land. Eventually, the colonists forced the British to surrender power, and a new country – the United States of American – was formed.
Here are some additional information and resources about the life and times of the American colonies and how it has evolved.
Settlement in America
- Early Settlements in America
- Colonial Settlements
- Colonization and Settlement in America
- Early Settlements
Overview of the Colonies
Life in Early America
- Typical Life in Early America
- Daily Life in the Colonies
- Colonial Life Comparison
- Colonial Life in Early America
British Rule and American Protests
- American Colonies and the British Empire
- The British Empire and the Thirteen Colonies
- British Laws During Age of Revolution
- Colonial Roots of American Taxation
- The Declaration of Independence
- Background, History and the Beginning of the Revolution
- Events Leading to Independence
- Colonies Declaring Independence
- American Revolution Timeline of Events
- United States Independence Day
- Timeline of the Revolutionary War
- Effects of the Revolutionary War
Additional Colonial Resources