Recently, I purchased an old American 1799 coin from a friend. While carefully looking at this old Amercian coin, I did notice 13 stars on it which sparked questions. So, I began reading upon the possible symbolic significance of these stars. From my reading, I understood each star representing a "colony" back in Colonial times which brings me to this question. Is a colony considered to be equivalent to a state?
I do remember some of the topics discussed within my college American history course which addressed main events prior to the Civil War. If I am not mistaken, before the United States was the United States, it did exist as 13 independent colonies owned by Great Britain. As the result of the outcome of the American Revolutionary War, these colonies gained their independence from the British empire. Due to the fact that it has been several years since my college days, I might be incorrect on these conclusions drawn.
Realizing that EE is chiefly and most importantly a technical forum, I know this question steps outside of this forum's realms. But, if someone has some knowledge or insights to share in response to this question, it will be greatly appreciated. In the meantime, I will look forward to reviewing any feedback given to this post.