As time was coming for the beginning of the American Revolution, the thirteen colonies had started out with different aspects appeared to be remarkably similar in various cultural and political ways. These colonies came about when European refugees fled from their government’s oppressive and discriminative actions. The people forming these colonies had hope about overcoming their lives of poverty. Each colony’s government was managed independently without a unifying base. By the brink of the revolution, all thirteen colonies seemed to have similarities in lifestyles. Each colony shared similarities such as having slavery. Slavery was seen as a form of cheap labor. Indentured servants and slaves were a main source of labor in the colonial society. With farmers being the majority of the population, slaves and indentured servants came to be of great use. The slaves would be brought over from Africa through the Triangular Trade. The economy of the thirteen colonies was primarily based on goods produced through agriculture. New England colonies were focused on farming and fishing. The middle colonies were also focused on farming and industrialization. Southern colonies also depended greatly upon farming. The thirteen American colonies also showed similarities in their governments. All of the colonies had self-government allowing them more power over themselves without worrying about British rule. On July 4, 1776, the Declaration of Independence was put into use and marked the first day of independence for the American colonies. Although there are differences between the motives of the founders and the time the colonies were founded, by the Revolution the thirteen colonies had become remarkably similar.