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13 Original American States

These were the colonies of Great Britain that became the 13 original states. Can you name them all?
Last updated: October 30, 2018
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Colony
Connecticut
Delaware
Georgia
Maryland
Massachusetts
Colony
New Hampshire
New Jersey
New York
North Carolina
Pennsylvania
Colony
Rhode Island
South Carolina
Virginia
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level 32
Apr 20, 2012
Perfect score! Nice quiz :)
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level 84
Nov 12, 2015
It seems the score is not working. It gives 0/5 when I get them all.
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level ∞
Nov 13, 2015
Don't worry, it will work. But the scoring table is only built every couple of hours, and you took the quiz too soon after its being featured!
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level 73
Nov 18, 2015
Fun Fact...Delaware...not a colony. Delaware was part of Pennsylvania until 1776 when it became our first state. It was officially known as the "Lower Counties on the Delaware" or the "Lower Counties" and was held as a separate deed from the Pennsylvania Deed, but still issued to William Penn as part of the Province of Pennsylvania. Both the Lower Counties and Pennsylvania shared a governor until statehood. Technically, there were twelve colonies, but we always learned of 13, only because the Lower Counties were the first to ratify the constitution thereby becoming the State of Delaware. It would have been awkward to have 12 colonies, and our first state not being one of them, so Delaware became a de facto colony after the fact.
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level 73
Nov 18, 2015
Just to be clear...I am in no way advocating that we change the quiz. For all practical purposes, Delaware is an original colony. I just wanted to share something that I learned a while ago.
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level 61
Feb 27, 2016
It's also noteworthy -- and explanatory to why Delaware has been consistently listed separately -- that Delaware had its own Assembly beginning in 1703. It was in practice separate, as evidenced by Delaware sending its own delegates to the Continental Congresses. But yes, your point adds a fun "asterisk" to the traditional list of twelve!
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level 38
Jul 3, 2016
Wow! Never knew!
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level 53
Jan 1, 2019
Delaware didn't become a state in 1776. It was December of 1787 when DE, PA, and NJ were the first to ratify the U.S. Constitution
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level 23
Apr 4, 2019
its called the original 13 states
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level 34
Dec 20, 2015
I love how Connecticut and Massachusetts were the two that most quiz takers forgot. Those colonies played probably the most significant roles in early pre-US history, especially Massachusetts with the Mass. Bay Colony AND Plymouth.
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level 75
Mar 1, 2016
Can't argue with Massachusetts. Why Connecticut? And, I think people in influential colonies like Virginia, and to somewhat lesser extents, Pennsylvania, Maryland and New York would disagree.
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level 70
Jun 4, 2016
spelling maybe
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level 55
Jun 16, 2016
Connecticut was one of the first colonies established. The Quinnetukut (Connecticut) River was very helpful to the colonists, and they established Hartford, later becoming the whole Connecticut.
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level 76
Jun 30, 2016
Virginia was the first.
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level 68
Oct 9, 2018
In terms of early importance, which he is talking about, Connecticut was ahead of the later power house colonies.
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level 76
Apr 4, 2019
Really? How important was Connecticut in 1607 when Virginia was first colonized (29 years before Connecticut)?
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level 68
Apr 4, 2019
He didn't say earliEST, just regular old, non-superlative form of early colonies. For that matter, Maine had been explored and exploited for sending fish back to France and England since the late 1400s, whether the settlements were permanent or not.
For that matter, John Smith turned his attention to the more established fishing trade and exploration of Maine after your magical singular date of 1607 which is related to a settlement that didn't remain permanently either.
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level 76
Apr 4, 2019
smh
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level 59
Jun 30, 2016
They simply couldn't spell the long complicated names.
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level 76
Jun 30, 2016
yeah... Virginia, New York, and Pennsylvania were all much more important than Connecticut.
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level 76
Jun 30, 2016
and probably Maryland (Baltimore harbor), too.
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level 44
Jan 18, 2017
Well, let's think think about it. The first settlements were in North Carolina, Virginia and Massachusetts. However, North Carolina was the Roanoke Island mystery. Maryland didn't spark until way afterwards.
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level 76
Jan 1, 2019
Without the success of Jamestown and Virginia's tobacco plantations there would have been no United States at all so I'd say that's pretty significant.
Also not incidentally home to George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, George Mason, James Madison and others. By 1770 the population of Virginia was 447k (not even including Kentucky which was also claimed by Virginia). The next closest colony was Pennsylvania with 240k. Connecticut had a piddly 183k.
There's also the fact that Washington DC was built just between Virginia and Maryland. That was not an accident.

and Maryland not sparking until way afterwards? Where do you get that from? Baltimore was already a major harbor by the time of the revolution and the de-facto capital of the United States at the end of 1776. The Battle of Baltimore in 1814 inspired the national anthem.
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level 75
Apr 5, 2019
I'm sorry to say that until I read your comment I had never heard of George Mason. After looking him up, it seems he didn't get proper credit for his ideas, and the fact he refused to sign the Constitution probably didn't endear him to the writers of history. Thanks for including him.
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level 42
Apr 4, 2019
It's Georgia and New Hampshire now
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level 63
Mar 1, 2016
Cool quiz. Will help for my exam tomorrow
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level 58
Jun 6, 2016
How old exactly are you to still be learning these?
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level 35
Dec 2, 2016
How old exactly are you to be insulting people on a website?
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level 44
Jan 18, 2017
^
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level 68
Oct 9, 2018
Apparently in school. These are grade school questions. Every kid has internet.
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level 69
Jun 30, 2016
It's really a test of "Can you list all the East Coast states in two minutes?" to which, I assume, the answer should be yes for just about everyone. No need to know anything about the Revolution or pre-US history.
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level 78
Jun 30, 2016
Of course you need to know something about pre-US history and early US history for this quiz. Otherwise, how would you even know to start on the east coast? Also, not all east coast states are among the original colonies, so if it's too easy for you, try challenging yourself to get them all without typing an incorrect one.
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level 65
Jun 30, 2016
But Vermont isn't one of the original 13 colonies :)
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level 61
Jun 30, 2016
Florida was part of the Spanish Empire, Maine was part of Massachusetts, Vermont was part of New York, and New Hampshire isn't landlocked. New Hampshire was founded as a fishing colony.
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level 67
Apr 5, 2019
BrosephStalin - Vermont was its own republic, and considered joining Quebec province. It held out and then after the war joined the US, mainly because of geography.
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level 67
Apr 5, 2019
I bet a lot of people have Maine, Vermont, and Florida on their list of "13'
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level 48
Jun 30, 2016
TV Funhouse had a great mnemonic for memorizing these :-)
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level 43
Jun 30, 2016
Go on then...
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level 48
Jun 30, 2016
Interesting
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level 18
Jun 30, 2016
12/13...couldnt spell massachuses
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level 44
Jan 18, 2017
Here's some help. I went to Massachusetts the other day. It seemed so crowded, I mean, it is MASSive, with Boston and all that. Because of all that, my allergies acted up. Apparently, so did others. The most common noise was ACHoo. But we have to give an honorable mention to the noise of texters. I had to infer that people were lazy, they would always use the letter U instead of typing it out. There were so many SETs of people that I could see doing so. I had no words, I could only just TSk. Add it up. MASS+ACH+U+SET+TS = Massachusetts
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level 53
Aug 24, 2018
sounds complicated.
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level 68
Oct 9, 2018
2S, 1S, 2T
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level 7
Nov 27, 2016
I can't ever spell Massachusetts or Connecticut.
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level 39
Mar 15, 2017
You can remember Connecticut as Connect I Cut, not sure how to remember Massachusetts.
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level 37
Dec 17, 2017
think of it as massachusett and then s.
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level 67
Apr 5, 2019
Its spelled as it sounds Mass a chu setts after getting that single s at the beginning of setts wrong so often, it just becomes second nature that it is only one s. Same thing with the tt at the end.
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level 39
Dec 29, 2016
how the hell did i forget connecticut
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level 31
Jan 1, 2017
only one I missed was Georgia
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level 68
Apr 4, 2019
Theory as to why Georgia is the least guessed: There is such a wide alphabetical gap between Delaware and Maryland that the answer is not "prompted" as well as most of the others. And note that the incorrect (but not absurd) states that fit in this gap are Florida, Kentucky, and Maine.
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level 15
Mar 9, 2017
couldnt remember how to spell massachusetts
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level 20
Oct 10, 2018
Same here. Had to look it up.
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level 14
Dec 27, 2017
I did it in 45 seconds
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level 50
Feb 20, 2018
Banged in no.13 Georgia as a sheer guess with one second on the clock come on you boys in green
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level 27
Apr 12, 2018
respect.
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level 68
Oct 9, 2018
Green Mountain Boys were the 14th state.
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level 68
Oct 9, 2018
Now the 13 British Colonies are British Columbia, Alberta, Yukon, Nunavut, Northwest Territories, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario, Québec, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island, Nova Scotia and Newfoundland.
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level 47
Jan 8, 2019
"Massa, chu setts on de ground."
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level 45
Jan 8, 2019
Very easy
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level 30
Jan 9, 2019
This quiz should be included in the US badge, methinks.
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level 76
Apr 4, 2019
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level 19
Apr 4, 2019
cmon rhode island and new jersey!
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