America was a set of British colonies on the eastern coast of the present-day United States. Therefore, its literary tradition begins as linked to the broader tradition of English Literature. However, America's own characteristics mixed with the traditional English literary tradition caused it to be considered a separate path and tradition. The New England colonies were the center of early American literature. The revolutionary period contained political writings by Samuel Adams, Thomas Paine, and Thomas Jefferson. Generally, England ignited the American literature.