These next eight random facts I will share with you will take you back to the old days of the thirteen colonies. If you do not know already, the original thirteen colonies, which later became the United States of America, were the following: New Hampshire, New York, Pennsylvania, Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Maryland, New Jersey, Rhode Island, Connecticut, Massachusetts, and Delaware. So without further ado, here come the facts.
1. Delaware was the first colony to become a state in the United States of America. On December 7, 1787, Delaware became the first of the thirteen colonies (at that point like separate countries under the Articles of Confederation) to ratify the United States Constitution.
2. Rhode Island was the last of the thirteen colonies to become a state. In May, 1790, Rhode Island signed the Constitution, making it the last state to join the union.
3. The House of Burgesses (Virginia) was the first elected body of representatives. It was created in 1619 by the Virginia Company modeled after the House of Commons in England, and was the fundamental building block of inspiration for the creation of the United States' current House of Representatives.
4. The first British colony in North America was on Ronoake Island off the coast of present day North Carolina. The voyage was led by Sir Walter Raleigh of England, but the colony itself was an utter failure. The Roanoke Colony is known as the "Lost Colony." Upon John White, the leader of the colony's return, the land was abandoned and there was no trace that the settlers even existed.
5. Virginia Dare was the first child born in a British colony. She was born in 1587 in Roanoke, but her whereabouts were never found, and she dissapeared with the rest of the Lost Colony.
6. The first Thanksgiving was held in Jamestown, Virginia. This one may shock you if you have learned that the first Thanksgiving was celebrated by the Pilgrims. Actually, the first Thanksgiving took place in Jamestown, Virginia in 1610. The Pilgrims' Thanksgiving is more widely recognized for its grandeur, but it is a common misconception that the first one was the one in Plymouth Colony.
7. Georgia was a colony that was meant to serve two purposes: to give debtors and other prisoners a new start and as a barrier between the other colonies and Spanish Florida. Georgia was the last of the Thirteen Colonies, being founded in 1732 by James Oglethorpe. It is named after King George II.
8. New York was originially a Dutch colony. It was acquired by the British after winning the Second Anglo-Dutch War (1665-1667). Before the British renamed it, the Dutch called the colony New Netherland and the capital city was New Amsterdam (now New York City).
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