All earlier colonies grew into it

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Senior Member
Mandarin / the Shanghai Dialect

“The Massachusetts Bay Colony was the hub of New England. All earlier colonies grew into it; all later colonies grew out of it.”

This is a caption for a picture from the American Pageant by Thomas A. Bailey

I have uploaded the picture.

How do I understand “grew into it”?


  • lingobingo

    Senior Member
    English - England
    Colonies that had existed before the establishment of the Massachusetts Bay Colony became absorbed into it. In due course, further colonies developed from it.
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