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a settlement in a new country or region the early history of New York City when it was a Dutch colony

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a group of people with a common interest living in one place New Hampshire's MacDowell colony was founded as a summer residence for writers and composers

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“Colonies.” Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/colonies. Accessed 6 Dec. 2022.

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