Overall, life in colonial New York was prosperous, with a mix of nationalities, booming businesses and a variety of amusements and entertainment. However, there were multiple battles fought over the land, and it was often filled with hostility and violence.Continue Reading
When the first Dutch settlers landed at the future site of New York in May of 1623, it was a dense forest of oaks, maples, pines and chestnuts. Its location on the coast, along with waterways that lead inland, caused the city to grow quickly. By 1700, New York was a melting pot of ethnicities, including English, Dutch, French, German, Irish, Welsh, Swedish and Scottish.
Due to the rapidly increasing population, businesses grew quickly. Merchants and traders made up the populous middle class and industries, such as farming, fishing and tobacco, flourished. With a surplus of money in people's pockets, entertainment and small luxuries were plentiful. New York became a hot spot for pirates to sell their loot, offering luxury at a cheap price.
But New York, originally called New Amsterdam, was a highly desired piece of land. King Charles of England seized Dutch ships in 1664 and won control of the colony, changing its name to New York. The Dutch won it back in 1673, only for it to be conquered again in 1674 by England. In 1776, George Washington and five regiments of soldiers marched on New York in a move towards independence.Learn more about US History
During Colonial times in New York, people walked, rode horses or used stagecoaches for land journeys, but traveling by boat was much faster, especially for merchants hauling heavy goods like grain. Some roads in New York and other cities were paved with cobblestones, but many were dirt or gravel.Full Answer >
Daily life in Colonial New England was filled with hardship and hard work. Chores were for everyone in the home, and most families farmed. Religion was also a big part of daily life for the New England colonists.Full Answer >
Daily life in colonial New Hampshire differed depending on socioeconomic status, gender and location; men living closer to the shore held maritime jobs or worked as farmers, while women and girls tended to domestic chores, including cooking and sewing. Agriculture and fishing formed the primary part of colonial New Hampshire's economy. Men and boys living in coastal areas served in professions such as shipbuilding and sailing, while those living near cities engaged in the sale and trade of many products, including syrup and rum.Full Answer >
Farm life during the colonial period varied depending on the location of the farmer. In most of New England, farming families made subsistence-level livings on small family farms. In Pennsylvania, farmers mainly of German and Scotch-Irish origin were more affluent due to the availability of rich, productive farmland. In the New York area and the South, farmers lived in spacious homes, and the land was tended by tenants or slaves.Full Answer >