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Original Thirteen Colonies
Seeking independence from England and the British Crown, thirteen American colonies declared themselves sovereign and independent states. Their official flag is shown to the left.
In the early history of America, western borders of most colonies varied some from the modern-day state borders shown above - because in the west - the British still controlled vast territories up to the Mississippi River. At that time in fact, the colony of Virginia included all of the lands of what is now called West Virginia.