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Map of the Colony of Virginia during the pre-revolutionary era.

The Colony of Virginia was also known as Virginia Colony and the Province of Virginia. It was the English colony in North America that lasted for a short time during the 16th century, until the American Revolution (as a British colony after 1707[1]). The name Virginia comes from by Walter Raleigh and Queen Elizabeth I in 1584. After the English Civil War the Virginia Colony was nicknamed "The Old Dominion" by King Charles II because they people remained loyal to the England during the era of the Commonwealth of England.

After declaring independence from Great Britain in 1775 and before the Declaration of Independence was officially adopted, the Virginia Colony became one of the original thirteen states of the United States, adopting as its official slogan "The Old Dominion". After the United States was formed, the entire states of West Virginia, Kentucky, Indiana and Illinois, and portions of Ohio were all later created from the territory that was once known in the Colony of Virginia.[2][3]


  1. The Royal Government in Virginia, 1624-1775, Volume 84, Issue 1, Percy Scott Flippin, Wallace Everett Caldwell, p. 288
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  3. Charles A. Goodrich, The History of the United States of America from the Discovery of the Continent by Christopher Columbus to present time, (Hartford: H. F. Sumner & Co. 1873) pp. 35, 241