Why were there only thirteen original colonies?
I recently read an article about a committee of thirteen during the 1790's. I am attempting to discover the origin of that committee.
It is based off of the original colonies and the governments that formed around each. Once the governments were formed boundaries were draw which resulted in the 13 states that were called the American colonies. There was some management through Great Britain since that was the parent nation, but the colonists really had a lot of self direction on most matters. I am not sure about the committee you mentioned.
The number wasn't deliberately chosen. That's just how many colonies had settled in the new world when independence was declared in 1776. Starting with the first colony, Virginia in 1607, new colonies sprung up (Georgia in 1732 was the 13th) and there were thirteen when the American revolution happened. By the 1790s, three new states had joined the Union. The Constitutional convention was in 1787, when the Constitution was framed.
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