Starting later than most other European countries, England began settling along the east coast of North America. Some people arrived searching for religious freedom, some for profit, some because they had no where else to go. Quickly, the population grew and the English colonies expanded into thirteen self-sufficient colonies.
Over time these colonies developed their own democratic governments that passed laws, collected taxes, and provided for the common defense. Colonies established thriving economies based largely on farming but also on trade, shipbuilding, fishing, and business. Unlike people in Europe, colonists had opportunities to improve their financial position and move from the lower to upper classes. There was much to like in the British colonies in America.