All earlier colonies grew into it

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HolyUnicorn

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Mandarin / the Shanghai Dialect
Hello,


“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”?
 

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  • lingobingo

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    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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