The story of America begins with many settlers coming to the New World to seize new opportunities. They came from all around the world, but in the 1600s most came from Europe.
In 1607 the first permanent English settlement, Jamestown (VA), was founded. The Pilgrims followed in 1620 and established Plymouth (MA). Soon though, many from all over Europe decided to see what the New World would offer.
The settlers came over to build homes, towns, and create new governments. Before long there were 13 colonies on the Atlantic coast controlled by Britain. (NH, RI, CT, MA, NY, PA, NJ, DE, MD, VA, NC, SC, GA)
While the colonies had many similarities like representative governments, they also had many differences. There were people of many religions & nationalities. Some colonists relied on slaves from Africa to make money, and some lived in towns that relied on shipbuilding.
By 1754, the British and the colonists were starting to push into land the French controlled. The French decided to join with Native Americans that were pushed off of their land by the colonists.
In 1763, the French & Indian War ended with a colonist victory and the British controlling most of North America. The British, though, spent a lot of money on the war and decided to ask the colonies to help pay for their defense...