Before 1492 North America was very uninhabited or on a map there were a lot of gray parts. When Columbus “sailed the ocean blue” and stumbled across North America he actually started making people wanting to colonize in both South and North America. Three modern day countries that dominated the colonization of the Americans was the Spanish, British and French. The first thirteen colonies where Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virgina, Maryland, Delaware, Pennsylvania, New York, Massachusetts, Rode Island, Connecticut, and New Jersey. Those American colonies became the United States of America or the USA in 1781. One very majorly big mistake that the British made was the British Parliament. Although the colonists had very small taxes, they felt they did not have likeness in their taxes. They tried to negotiate with the King, but he did things to make the colonists even more unhappy, such as the stamp tax. The most powerful, influential, and what I think is the best country in the world is of course the United States of America. On July 4, 1776, the Declaration of Independence was issued, establishing the United States of America. The United States of America is also called the USA, US, United States or sometimes America. English is the most commonly spoken language in the US, followed by Spanish. Hawaii is the most recent of the 50 states in the US and is the only one made up entirely of islands.