What Were Some Crops Grown in Colonial Massachusetts?

By Staff WriterLast Updated Apr 6, 2020 8:29:15 PM ET
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Because of the rocky, mountainous terrain and poor soil of colonial Massachusetts, corn was the only major crop grown in the area, but beans, pumpkins, rye and squash were also grown in limited quantities. The settlers learned how to grow the crops thanks to the Wampanoag Indians who lived in the area. They also relied on fish and livestock for food.