"when your country was still a collection of thirteen small colonies"
America was originally thirteen British colonies on the Atlantic coast, which declared their independence in the American Revolution
and so became the United States. The original colonies were Delaware
, New Jersey
, Massachusetts Bay
, South Carolina
, New Hampshire
, New York
, North Carolina
, and Rhode Island and Providence
. They declared their independence in and fought the British in the American War of Independence
between 1775 and 1783, one hundred years after the Badshahi Mosque
was built in Lahore.