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What was the first state in the US?
The answer to that question will surprise you. It did us when the kids needed to answer this question for a school project. We all know that the United States began as a collection of British colonies. Jamestown, Virginia, was the first permanently settled colony established in 1607. The Pilgrims later established Plymouth Colony, Massachusetts in 1620. The number of colonies grew and in 1776, those first 13 colonies declared their independence from England.
Upon signing the Declaration of Independence July 4, 1776, the colonies collectively became the first states in the US. However, it wasn’t until they ratified or accepted the Constitution that each officially became a state. Delaware was the first to sign and officially became a state on December 7, 1787. It also earned itself that nickname “The First State” in the US.
The first five states in the United States are:
- New Jersey
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