Life in colonial Rhode Island involved working in manufacturing, ship building and the brewing and exportation of rum. A network of factors, such as class, wealth and religion, dictated one's day-to-day activities. More »

Colonial foods eaten in Rhode Island include johnnycakes, chowder and cranberry muffins. Johnnycakes were made by mixing together hot water, salt and cornmeal and frying the cakes on an iron griddle. Other colonial Rhode... More »

In general the New England colonies were strongly Puritan and valued the education of children. Although Rhode Island practiced religious tolerance, they were no different in this regard. Children learned to read using t... More »

Social life in colonial Rhode Island was as complicated and diverse as social life today. One's social mobility and freedom was dictated by class and wealth, as well as religion. More »

In general the New England colonies were strongly Puritan and valued the education of children. Although Rhode Island practiced religious tolerance, they were no different in this regard. Children learned to read using t... More »

On a typical day in American Colonial life, the man of the house worked outside while his wife performed household duties. Children either did chores or received an education. Daily life varied based on the area, the tim... More »

Rhode Island was founded in 1636 and was granted statehood on May 29, 1790. Its founder, Roger Williams, had been previously banished from Massachusetts because of his views on the separation of church and state. More »

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