Life in the Thirteen Colonies

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Which of the Thirteen Colonies fought in the American Revolution?

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All of the Thirteen Colonies fought in the American Revolution. Each one of the colonies declared its independence from Great Britain in 1776. This is evidenced by there being signatories from each of the colonies on the Declaration of Independence. It was very important to the leaders of the Revolution to have the participation of each of the colonies in this conflict. If the colonies were not united in this fight, it would likely have ended in failure.

The Revolution had to be seen as an American cause, not just a local fight. Several of the leaders of the cause, such as John Adams and Thomas Jefferson, were worried that the Revolution would be seen as just the fight of the New England colonies. They also knew that the cause would fail without the participation of all the colonies. It could not be a mere local rebellion. Therefore, they heavily lobbied the other colonies, particularly the southern ones, to join the cause for liberty from Great Britain.

It should be noted that although each colony signed on to the Declaration of Independence and provided soldiers and support, they all had a significant number of loyalists who refused to break their allegiance to Great Britain.

The following are the 13 Colonies: Delaware, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Georgia, Connecticut, Maryland, South Carolina, New Hampshire, Virginia, New York, North Carolina, and Rhode Island.

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