The types of food eaten in the 1700s differed from one country to another. The colonists in New England mostly ate wheat; rice; barley; oats; vegetables such as potatoes, mushrooms, legumes, beans and onions; various typ... More »

Sports played in the 1700s include billiards and whist. Sports and recreation, unstructured and often violent in the 1700s, also included horse racing and boxing. More »

In the 1700s, people primarily communicated by writing letters; however, sending letters was a slow and unreliable process. Senders had few ways of knowing if their messages were ever received unless they received a lett... More »

The most prevalent jobs in the 1700s were in agriculture and farming. In addition, there were many skilled craftsmen and artisans, which included candlemakers, gunsmiths, brickmakers, blacksmiths, cobblers and hatters. T... More »

America in the late 1700s was a place of political, social and economic unrest. Marked by significant events like the Boston Massacre, the Boston Tea Party, the signing of the Declaration of Independence and the American... More »

Since ships in the 1700s relied on sails to propel them, the length of the voyage greatly depended on the wind. An immigrant who made the journey in 1750 reported that it could take between eight and 12 weeks, while anot... More »

The speed of ships in the 1700s depended on the wind, but averaged about 4 to 5 knots, with the ability to reach 20 knots. In its life of 8 to 10 years, a ship would typically embark on four or five voyages. More »