The First North American British Colonies

The first British  colony was successfully founded in North America in 1607 at Jamestown,Virginia. The second British colony established was 617 miles to the north at Plymouth, Massachusetts founded in 1622 .
The hardy souls who survived their first winter were separated from England by an ocean and a perilous sea journey of months.  In addition, they were not even aware of the other colony. Instead, they were separated by dense forests with no roads.
So, they had to survive alone without the support of those in either Great Britain or North America. Those who managed to survive the early years, had learned how to do so on their own. They all had learned the hard way that no title conferred by the crown, parliament or trading company would provide food or security. The fools who thought that, lay buried in New World cemeteries.
The hundreds who did survive the brutal early years became a spirited race of people. They prized their independence and did not tolerate those who followed with titles and other trappings of the Old World.
By the time the French were forced out of North America, in 1763 thirteen British colonies had been established with over a million inhabitants. They had become used to operating on their own. They were the freest people on earth.



Author: Michael Deeb

Michael J. Deeb is the author of seven novels which take place during the American Civil War.

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