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Life in the city

James town and Philadelphia were two important settlements in the new world. James town was successful because of its location. It was located 60 miles up river and was out of sight of Spanish ships in the Chesapeake Bay. The winters were milder than up north. There were a lot of forests that they used for building. The land wasn’t good for farming except for tobacco, and the colonists sold the tobacco to England. Philadelphia was the first large city in the colonies. It is where two rivers meet and had a good harbor. It was good for shipping and trade. Benjamin Franklin was Philadelphia’s most famous citizen. He published a newspaper and a book and started the first public library. He was a scientist. Water was an important resource to both of these cities because it helped make it a center of trade. Cities from colonial times still exist to day


Now, people think cities, as McDonalds, Sports Authority, Malls, Best Buy, Espn Zone, and all that fancy stuff, but back then it wasn’t all fancy!
In Colonial times there weren’t a lot of places to go, but the parents went all over. Offices were just like normal offices, that’s were they did business. There were other places that people did there business, the necessary. (AKA the bathroom.) There was a place to get veggies and fruit; it’s called the kitchen garden. Peas, asparagus, lettuce, beets, broccoli, and strawberries were grown there. A wharf was where people would tie up their boats. In 1607, the first city was born. It was called Jamestown.
Life in the city sure was different.

Michael R.
Life in the City

Some parts of colonial cities were like today, but some were very different. Philadelphia and New York were the largest and most important cities. A kitchen garden would supply produce like peas, asparagus, lettuce, beets, broccoli, and more. Dairies made lots of vents to cool dairy products such as milk, cream, and butter. The necessary is an outdoor bathroom far from houses for cleanliness and privacy. 12 or more women would always be spinning, weaving, and knitting to supply cloth in a spinning house. Doves were kept in what is called a dove cote. Doves were said to taste better than chicken. A smoke house would keep meat from spoiling and had a dirt floor and no chimneys. All of these cities in colonial times were different, but most had look-outs for Native Americans. Some cities in colonial America were very different to cities today.

Living in the city

Living in the city must have been a very exciting life in colonial times! Here is an all you can learn Buffet on the life in the city in colonial times. A couch house stored carriages, carts, harnesses, saddles, and more. The spinning house held women’s women weavings and cloth to supply clothes for the people on the plantation. In the town, there was almost always a joiner. Joiners are men who built chairs, tables, but mostly cabinets. Although, he was not called a cabinet maker until much after the 1700’s. Also, only men could perform this special job.

Michael P.
Colonial cities

Cities today are busy, noisy and full of car exhaust. If you think that’s bad, life in Colonial cities would drive you nuts. Smog? Big deal! Colonial streets smell of manure and rotting garbage. There is no sanitation department, so hold your nose. The people don’t smell (or look) the nice either. Colonists believe a “healthy” coating of dirt will keep evil spirits at bay. Also, you must belong to a church to vote, if voting is legal at all. Cities then were tiny compared to today, so towns were relatively close. As far as cities go, life has improved since then.

Life in the City

Philadelphia and New York were the most important cities in colonial times. Both places had ports for shipping and trade. There were many merchandisers, shop- keepers, and artisans (people who made things out of wood and silver) In the cities; there was also lots of trade. The main cash crops (crops sold for money) were rice, tobacco, and indigo. Rice was grown in hot steamy places. Tobacco was grown and exported all over the world and indigo was used to make the color of blue jeans. Jamestown was also very big and was the first English colony in the U.S. The original 104 colonists were all men and boys. 2/3 of them died of starvation or disease. The buildings in the city are the coach house, carts, carriages, harnesses, and saddles were kept there. The blacksmith shop made tools with loud hammers. The cities were very important in colonial times and so were the buildings; they pulled everything into place!

Life in the City

Life in the city was very different from now, but with some similarities. The dairy, which was used to cool milk, butter, and cream, had vents to keep cool air moving throughout it. The kitchen was not by the house because it was hot and smoky. The wash house is almost exactly like a washing machine. It had steaming tubs of hot water that bubbled over a fire; the laundry was scrubbed, rinsed, and wrung out to dry. The kitchen garden grew fruits and vegetables such as lettuce, beets, broccoli, peas, asparagus, and strawberries. They had a smoke house, which kept meat from spoiling. They smoked the meat inside; it had a dirt floor, no windows, and no chimney. The slave quarters were small cabins and the slaves maintained the gardens and worked in shops. Now New England had land with almost just rocks; it was sandy too. The rocky coasts, forests, and mountains made it hard to hard to build. Life in the city in colonial time was very difficult, but many farmers succeeded.

Life in the City

In colonial times, life in the city was very active. There were many slaves being sold and people working. Even thou colonists owned thousands of acres. The cities were about as big as a small town of today. Some buildings in the cities were… The Blacksmith shop was owned by a man who worked with iron to make diff. tools. Dovecotes were tiny pens the held doves to eat. The Office was one of the most important structures, because it held meetings, slaves were traded, etc. Last, the slave quarters were small cabins where slaves were outside of the home. Poor people lived up north in dugouts with one room. The Dutch & French mostly worked on building harbors, they were the best. In present time our cities are much larger, but some buildings in the old days we don’t find in our cities of today.

Life on the streets

Did you think that life in the city was easy back then? Wrong! Life in the city was very tough. African Americans were slaves. There were tons of places to go in the city. The Chicken coop, Office, Dairy and more. There is a place called the look out tower, where you watch for any danger, such as Indians and other dangers. The largest town in colonial times was Charlestown. Charles town was known as Charleston. Charlestown was very busy. Cities in Colonial America were not near as large as they are today … but it was a start!

Life in the City

In colonial times, cities were different then now. New England was made up of small farms, near small towns in early days. When Colonists arrived, everything was divided up into small sections called townships. A township started of as a church, then buildings were built and the township became a village. The government wasn’t very strong, and the colonies governed themselves. Voting was only allowed if you owned land, if you were a man, and if you belonged to church. The church was the center of attention, you had to attend, if you came once and never again the preacher could throw you out and you could go to prison. The meeting house stood open a lot; it was common property. Any townsman could store their animals there. The Sabbath house was used by country people to cook and shelter horses. In the city, someone always had to be punished, if you used bad language you were drunk. The main punishment was humiliation, minors were hung, and adults had flesh attached to hot iron. In colonial times the city wasn’t a pleasant place, especially if you were a criminal.