Skip to Content

13 Colonies List

This is a 13 Colonies list that details when the colony was founded and some of the famous people involved with the colony. 

Plymouth Colony was de-established and eventually merged with the larger Massachusetts Bay Colony. New York was founded by Peter Stuyvesant, but was known as New Amsterdam until it was captured by the British and its name changed to New York.

Date Founded Name Famous People
1607 Virginia John Smith

John Rolfe

Pocahontas

1620 Plymouth Colony

(de-established)

John Carver

William Bradford

Myles Standish

1626 New York Peter Stuyvesant

Peter Minuit

1630 Massachusetts John Winthrop
1633 Maryland George Calvert
1636 Rhode Island Roger Williams

Anne Hutchinson

1636 Connecticut Thomas Hooker
1638 New Hampshire John Mason.
1638 Delaware Peter Minuit
1653 North Carolina Lords Proprietor
1663 South Carolina Lords Proprietor
1664 New Jersey Lord Berkeley

George Carteret

1682 Pennsylvania William Penn
1732 Georgia James Oglethorpe

13 Colonies List: Statehood

After the Revolutionary War was over the colonies became states. At first, they were part of a confederation that was under the Articles of the Confederation, but eventually, the government was reformed and the Constitution was written and ratified. 

This is a quick timeline of the ratification:

  • December 7, 1787 – Delaware becomes the first state of the United States of America.
  • December 12, 1787 – Pennsylvania becomes the second state of the United States of America.
  • December 18, 1787 – New Jersey becomes the third state of the United States of America.
  • January 2, 1788 – Georgia becomes the fourth state of the United States of America.
  • January 9, 1788 – Connecticut becomes the fifth state of the United States of America.
  • February 6, 1788 – Massachusetts becomes the sixth state of the United States of America.
  • April 28, 1788 – Maryland becomes the seventh state of the United States of America.
  • May 23, 1788 – South Carolina becomes the eighth state of the United States of America.
  • June 21, 1788 – New Hampshire becomes the ninth state of the United States of America.
  • June 25, 1788 – Virginia becomes the tenth state of the United States of America.
  • June 26, 1788  – New York becomes the eleventh state of the United States of America.
  • November 21, 1789 – North Carolina becomes the twelfth state of the United States of America.
  • May 29, 1790 – Rhode Island becomes the thirteenth state of the United States of America.

Rhode Island, being the smallest state in the Union, held out from joining the Union in fear of not being equally represented.

This is eventually caused the Great Compromise which allowed equal representation in the Senate and allowed representation based on population in the House of Representatives.

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.