Definition of the thirteen colonies from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

the thirteen colonies

 
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the original 13 areas controlled by Britain in what is now the eastern US. They joined together to fight the American Revolution and became the first 13 states. The colonies were, from north to south, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Georgia.