Alistair Cooke (b. November 20, 1908, d. March 30, 2004) was a British-born American journalist whose work as a journalist, television personality and radio broadcaster was done primarily in the United States, best known for his lively and insightful interpretations of American history and culture.
Alistair Cooke's America is a tie-in book to his 13-part television documentary series “America: A Personal History of the United States.” Published by Alfred A. Knopf in New York, in 1973, the book was a best-seller in the United States.
Here’s what he shared about the colonies before the American Revolution.
From Alistair Cooke’s America
“So through the late seventeenth and early eighteenth centuries, the various English spread themselves in the Middle Colonies and welcomed German Lutherans and Swedish Protestants, Moravians and Jacobites, Mennonites and Jews. By 1733 there were thirteen colonies settled along the Atlantic seaboard - in order of founding Virginia, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Connecticut, Maryland, Rhode Island, Delaware, Pennsylvania, North Carolina, New Jersey, South Carolina, and Georgia. Each had its own government, its own currency, its own trade laws and religious ways. They were, indeed, long before the Revolution, more like thirteen nations, enjoying or suffering every sort of relationship with the interior Indians from undisturbed friendship to murderous hostility.”