The Original Thirteen Colonies
America's first 150 years, most of the settlers came from Great
Britain. Along America's Atlantic coast, these colonists built
settlements that became what are commonly called the "Original
The British settlers lived under the rule of the King of England.
They worked hard building homes, farms and towns, even though they
did not own these places. The settlers worked so hard that they
wanted to be involved in making decisions about their lives and
The British knew that the colonists wanted independence. But the
British, instead, tried to take more control of the colonists.
By the mid-1770s, King George III and the British government taxed
everyday goods, such as tea. Colonists resented the imposition
of these revenue measures for the Crown and objected to British
interference with their commercial practices.