The colonies that signed the Declaration of Independence in 1776:
THE NEW ENGLAND COLONIES
Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New Hampshire
THE MIDDLE COLONIES
New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware
THE SOUTHERN COLONIES
Maryland, Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia
By 1770, the population of these 13 colonies had reached almost 2 million.
"John, the builder, would rather wheeple than work."