The first colonies of the United States were established on May 1, 1776.
But the American government kept the colony’s name for some time before finally acknowledging it as a nation.
That didn’t mean the American colonies weren’t at risk.
They were a place of constant conflict, and many of the founding fathers had long wanted the country to be free.
The colony’s greatest threat was a growing tide of European immigrants, many of whom were descendants of slaves who had made the perilous journey to America and who were becoming more powerful.
The United States and Great Britain had fought many wars in the Caribbean and Pacific Islands, but the colonial conflict that became known as the American Civil War ended in 1865 when the southern states won the war and the Northern states lost theirs.
The next time a group of Americans moved to the New World, they’d need a new name, and the United Kingdom had already taken on the colonial mantle.
So the new colony of Virginia began with the name “Virginia” and was known as “the United States of America.”
It was named after the first governor, John Mason.
The name “American” wasn’t popular among the English, but in the mid-1800s, the United Nations officially adopted the name.
In the United State of America, the state of Virginia was named for the first Governor of the State of Virginia, John Adams.
Sources: The Washington Post | New York Times | ABC News