The original American colonies were the foundation of the United States. Although other countries found their way to the New World and established their own settlements, the colonial America most US citizens are most familiar with refers to the stretch of English-ruled settlements across the East Coast. It was these original US colonies that rebelled against Britain in the American Revolution and came together to form the United States.
The original US colonies consisted of New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Delaware, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Maryland, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Georgia. While you may know everything there is to know about colonial American landmarks and history, have you ever wondered which colony best represents who you are? While certain settlements were aggressive and bold, often starting conflicts with their Native American neighbors, other colonies focused on acceptance and freedom for all. No two colonies were alike, and each had defining characteristics that earned them a place and a name in history.
So which original American colony best represents who you are? Your zodiac sign holds all the answers. Keep scrolling and learn which of the original US settlements you're most similar to, based on your zodiac sign.
As a Fire sign, Aries focuses primarily on courage and competition. They want to be first in everything, often acting before they give themselves time to think. With their obsession with first place, it only makes sense that Aries would be the first original American colony: Virginia.
After receiving a charter from King James I in 1606, the Virginia Company of London set out to establish a colony in the New World. In 1607, 105 colonists established Jamestown, the first permanent English settlement in North America. However, like many settlements in the New World, the Jamestown colony struggled to survive. The settlers were unprepared for the harsh conditions of the New World and suffered serious health problems that took the lives of many colonists. Although the colonists tried to abandon their post a few times during those difficult first years, they eventually came to understand their new environment. They established peace with the Indians in the area and built a thriving American colony.
Similar to the personality of an Aries, the Virginia colony centered around a rash decision to enter a New World with hardly any planning. Although Ariens make impulsive decisions, they usually find a way to pull through and come out on top.
Stable and steady - that's what a Taurus is all about. Taurus knows it takes hard work to get anywhere in life, and they're willing to put in whatever effort necessary to accomplish their dreams. Although they're often seen as stubborn, they're really just committed. Their steady pace ensures they're always moving forward, even if their progress is slow and grueling. When it comes to early American colonies, Taurus is most like New York.
New York was first established as a colony of the Netherlands in 1609. Although the Dutch established and maintained several settlements along the Hudson, they were more focused on trade rather than a long-term stay in the New World. In 1664 and then in 1674, England took over the Dutch settlements and renamed them to create the colony of New York. After its conception, New York developed slowly. Though it wasn't abandoned like other early American settlements, colonists weren't eager to move onto the land either. Despite conflicts and struggling population growth, New York endured. It grew and grew, attracting many immigrants over the course of its long history.
Today, New York - and NYC in particular - is one of the largest and most recognizable destinations in the US. Mimicking a Taurus's sense of slow progress, New York endured and grew larger and larger with each passing year. It thrived as a colony, and it flourishes today. No one else can relate to starting from such meager means and building an empire quite like a Taurus.
Although Gemini is most well known for their moody, inconsistent personality, there's so much more to this sign. While they certainly have their restless side, they're also known for being the social butterflies of the zodiac. Geminis embody social refinement. They're curious about the world, and they love to learn and exchange new ideas. There's no better colony for them than the center of refinement and cultural attainment in the New World: South Carolina.
Established in 1663, South Carolina grew slowly. In 1719, the colonists overthrew the English proprietary government and established themselves as a royal colony, ruled directly by the king of England. Following the break from North Carolina in 1712, South Carolina emerged as a center for trade. The popular exports created great wealth for the colony, and South Carolina eventually transformed into a cultural destination.
With Gemini's fun and social personality, they certainly belong in South Carolina. The New World isn't so scary when you live in a wealthy city full of culture. In fact, that's probably the only way Gemini could have survived in colonial America.
Emotional and sensitive, Cancer resists outside intervention. Known by the symbol of the Crab, Cancer hides their soft, touchy center under a hard outer shell. They’re suspicious of everyone and everything, primarily because there's no one they trust more than their own feelings. It's difficult to break through Cancer's many walls. Oddly enough, that's exactly like the colonial settlement of New Jersey.
Taken over by the British from the Dutch in 1664, New Jersey immediately resisted the power of English rule. While other colonies submitted to the crown, New Jersey immediately established a distrust of the British empire. It embraced a sense of independence not found in other colonies and manipulated the governors' salaries to ensure the power was still in the hands of the people.
With Cancer's suspicious nature, there's no colony that better represents this zodiac sign than New Jersey. Cancer gets lots of attention for their emotional side, but their protectiveness might just be the thing they need to find success.