Everyday Life As A Colonist

The purpose of this page is to give students and teachers sites that will guide learning about the everyday life of the American colonists.

The colonists were hard working people. They needed to work hard in order to survive. Their food, clothing, tools, homes and means of transportation had to be either made by someone or bought in a store. Many goods were shipped to the colonies from "mother countries". A mother country was the country that the colonist came from, or the country that gave money to start the colony. Colonists would also trade with the Native Americans for goods and supplies. Find out more about food, clothing, games, transportation, jobs, trades, and interesting facts from the colonial era in America. Click on the image of your choice below to start learning.

Colonial North America

This site has great information bout the Native American, European, and African ways of life before contact was made between them by explorers. There are easy to understand paragraphs and good images. This is a super site for upper elementary students to use for research.

A Colonial Family and Community

Be a history detective. Go back in time and investigate the daily lives of the Daggetts, a colonial family from northeastern Connecticut. Collect clues to uncover answers to 7 questions about colonial life in the 1700s. Then prove your skills as a history detective by discovering "What's wrong with this picture?"

CyberHunt for Colonial America an Internet Treasure Hunt on Colonial America

Travel back to the colonial era and find out information about the colonial/pre-revolutionary era. Topics include: The Boston Tea Party, Boston Massacre, the Mayflower, Plimouth Plantation, Jamestown and Salem Witch Trials!

Virtual Tour of Plimoth Plantation

Take a virtual tour of the Plimoth Plantation and learn about everyday life. There are lots of neat pictures here to see what life was actually like.

Colonial Web Sites

This site has easy to read annotations that will tell you exactly what you will find on the website. There are many sites devoted to everyday life.

Forker Frizzel - Indentured Servant

Actually be Forker Frizzel, an indentured servant who is determined to succeed in the new world. Mr. Frizzel left England and traveled to Maryland to work as an indentured servant. After serving his indenture he acquired a plot of farm land and grew tobacco, corn, and other crops. His farm was located near Historic St. Mary's City in Southern Maryland. This site is an excellent way for students to see what was involved in being an indentured servant. This site is also included on the webquest page.

Tour the Jamestown Settlement

Take a virtual tour of the Jamestown Settlement and learn historical information about it.

Tour Old Sturbridge Village

Take a virtual tour of Old Sturbridge Village and see how life was lived in the early 1800's.

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Last updated July 31, 2000

Last updated July 31, 2000