H7 L32 – Colonial America

          In the early times of the colonies the it was very different for what we see today in say, DC.  They did not have many of the things we do, such as power and plumbing.  Their games were different form ours, and even what they ate and what technologies they had.  The difference is enormous, and it just keeps growing. 

          The colonial cities were originally made as seats of power for the government or as trading ports for foreign ships like England mostly and France, who gave a good price for products.  That was how they got most of their currency, not printing currency like nowadays.  They used to play different games too, like nine pins, which is a lot like tiny tabletop bowling, and there was hoop and stick, which is rolling a hoop with a stick and not touching the hoop with your body.  Some other games that we still play today are cup and ball, jacks, and checkers.  One of the more common games we play is based off one of their basic games: baseball! 

The kids played these and many other games on their free time, but in between, the whole family ha plenty of chores to do.  Some of these included washing and shaking out the mattresses, washing dishes by hand, carrying water for the washing chores, laundry by hand, and taking care of the farm animals.  That’s much more than we currently have to do – we can simply throw the clothes in a machine that injects soap and water to spin it around and wash them.  Other chores are eliminated by other technologies around the house today.

               The normal house had just one room – the keeping room.  There was no bedrooms, or kitchen, or dining rooms, or even a family room – that was all incorporated into the keeping room.  Very few houses other than shops had attics, and any that did the attics likely went to storage purposes.  The houses were different from today’s houses too, being that the colonial houses were boxes that were perfectly symmetrical, and then had a small add on later which looked like a windowless sunroom on the back of the house.  This often became storage, leaving more room for people in the house.  The government house was fancier, of course, looking more like a U-shaped box than a rectangular, small box. Most had more than one chimney, and ones that had more than two had the others smack dab in the middle of the house. 

          The government itself was a lot more righteous than the current government, and ruled honestly, not constantly scheming the downfall of the president just to become the president for the power, influence, and money involved with that position.  The politicians at that time worked for the good of the people not their own good.  This allowed the people and all their occupations to thrive instead of being restricted by rules, rules, and more rules made by government. 

          The many occupations at the time each had its own importance, ranging from the tanner, to the blacksmith, to the clockmaker.  Some of the occupation incorporated a job that is normally a separate job today; the blacksmith was the town dentist and the barber was the town bloodletter, as shown by the legendary barber’s pole: red stands for blood and the white stood for bandages. Some other occupations were the cobbler, who made shoes, the cooper who made barrels, the farmer, the hatter, the miller (ground farmer’s grain), tailor, and wigmaker, who was always a popular man (wigs were common at the time.) The workers’ houses were normally above the shop, on the second floor so they could open quickly instead of traveling a few yards to work.

           The colonies were very different from the Americas, what with everything being handmade, not manufactured, they had real, physical games instead of a bunch of little squares changing color to make a digital picture.  The food was real, and was stuff like corn, squash, vegetables and beans were the fruits/ veggies, and the men went hunting for meat.  The drinks were raw milk, beer, cider, and water.  We should not take for granted what the men and women worked for years on years to gain us what we have today.


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