Between 1606 and 1670, a number of English colonies were established on Native Americans' land in North America by individuals and companies granted "commercial charters by "King James I, "King Charles I, "Parliament, and "King Charles II to found and run settlements there. The first such permanent settlement was founded at "Jamestown by the "Virginia Company whose investors expected to reap rewards from their speculative investments. Virginia Native Americans had established settlements long before the English settlers arrived, and there were an estimated 14,000 natives in the region. Native American political leadership sought to resettle the English colonizers from Jamestown to another location and expected them to become members of the Confederacy. Other colonizers, both English and German, did join the Powhatans. The first colonizers were welcomed by the Indians with dancing, feasting and tobacco ceremonies.
List of North American colonies in 1775
There were twenty British colonies in continental and Canadian maritime North America in 1775. These were:
1) The "Thirteen Colonies that eventually formed the original states of the United States of America:
- "New England Colonies
- "Province of Massachusetts Bay
- "Province of New Hampshire
- "Colony of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations – founded in 1636 as a sanctuary for European religious freedom by "Baptists expelled from Massachusetts Bay by the "Puritans and formally authorised by charter of "King Charles II on 8 July 1663.
- "Connecticut Colony
- "Middle Colonies
- "Southern Colonies
- (Virginia and Maryland may also be grouped as the "Chesapeake Colonies)
2) Other British colonies and territories (ruled by Britain since 1763) that were later ceded by Britain to Spain (the Floridas) or the United States (the Indian Reserve and Southwestern Quebec); all this territory eventually became part of the United States of America:
3) British colonies and territories that would eventually become part of modern Canada:
List of colonies in 1783 in North America, the Caribbean and South America
The colonies remaining under "British rule after 1783:
- "British North America
- Divisions of the "Colony of the Leeward Islands
- "Island of Jamaica and its Dependencies
- Other possessions in the "British West Indies
- "British colonization of the Americas
- "British Empire
- "Evolution of the British Empire
- "British North America Acts
- "British North America
- "British West Indies
- "British overseas territories
- "Former colonies and territories in Canada
- "A Summary View of the Rights of British America – Thomas Jefferson".
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- "George Percy, 1608, "Observations by George Percy"
- "Canada and the American Revolution". Museum of the American Revolution. Retrieved 4 May 2013.
- "Rhode Island Royal Charter of 1663". sos.ri.gov. "Secretary of State of Rhode Island. Retrieved 14 April 2011.
- "Charles II Granted Rhode Island New Charter". christianity.com. "Christianity.com. 8 July 1663. Retrieved 14 April 2011.