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  1. Thir·teen Col·o·nies
    IPA[ˈˌTHərˈˌtēn ˈkälənēz]
    • 1. the British colonies that ratified the Declaration of Independence in 1776 and thereby became founding states of the US. The colonies were Virginia, Massachusetts, Maryland, Connecticut, Rhode Island, North Carolina, South Carolina, New York, New Jersey, Delaware, New Hampshire, Pennsylvania, and Georgia.