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Life in the Early American Colonies

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FC: Life In Early American Colonies | By Imogen Hofer

1: Life in the original American colonies | Life in the original colonies was not like today. They had issues with sickness, diseases, water, Indians, and much more.

2: The Original Colonies | The thirteen original colonies consisted of the present day states of New York, North Carolina, South Carolina, Massachusetts, Virginia, New Hampshire, Maryland, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Delaware, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Georgia.These are also sorted in to three areas, the New England Colonies, the Middle Colonies, and the Southern Colonies.

4: The New England Colonies | The New England colonies were centered around religious beliefs. The new world was the perfect place to practice their own religious beliefs without getting prosecuted. They had rocky soil, not good for growing. Their forests and fresh water helped them thrive.

6: The Middle Colonies | The Middle Colonies were known as the melting pot. It is a diverse group including English, Swedes, Dutch, German, Scot-Irish, and French who lived close to each other. It also served as a distribution center, and the soil was fertile and easier to acquire.

8: The Southern Colonies | The Southern colonies were good for growing cash crops like tobacco. Slaves or indentured servants worked on plantations farming these labor filled cash crops. Settlers in these colonies came to seek prosperity they could not find in England.

10: Food | The colonists ate things like corn and corn products, pumpkins, beans, carrots, squash, peas, and other things they grew. They also sometimes ate fish. They drank cider, beer, ale, and milk, but not water because it had bacteria and other diseases.

12: Clothing | The colonist girls wore frocks at age 7 just like women. Boys wore pants from age 3-7 like men. Colonist women wore long skirts, a bodice with long sleeves, and an apron covering it. Men wore doublets with a shirt tucked into breeches that went to the knee, and stockings from toes to knees with cravats.

14: Houses | Colonists lived in a simple one room house called a keeping room.Some were made of lumber or wood.Some were brick.Others were stone.

16: Games, Activities, and Hobbies | Children played games like hopscotch,jumping rope, and hide-and-seek. They also played singing games like London Bridges, Ring Around the Rosie, and later the Farmer and the Dell. Women held bees and the most popular were quilting bees.

18: Livelihoods | The colonists livelihoods consisted of fishing, whaling, farming, raising animals, lumber cutting, and trading. These jobs helped colonists to earn money and live.

20: Those are a few facts about our 13 original colonies and how life was like in them.

22: Citations How the USA Grew: From 13 Colonies to 50 States Mazzarella Educational Media, 2001. Discovery Education. Web. 2 March 2014. Making the Thirteen Colonies: New England Colonies Ancient Lights, 2003. Discovery Education. Web. 2 March 2014. Making the Thirteen Colonies: The Middle Colonies Ancient Lights, 2003 . Discovery Education. Web. 2 March 2014. Making the Thirteen Colonies: The Southern Colonies Ancient Lights, 2003 Discovery Education. Web. 2 March 2014. The Early Colonists Colgren Communications, 1992 . Discovery Education. Web. 2 March 2014. Early Settlers: The Era of Colonization, 2003 . Discovery Education. Web. 2 March 2014. Colonial Life Photos taken by Jami and Patrick Hofer in Colonial Williamsburg, 2014

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