Colonial Williamsburg: Colonial Life History for Kids

Importance of Black History in the Early American Colonies PBS: Changing Landscape: Slave Housing in Monticello
The African American in Colonial Times Slave Mutiny on the Amistad
Africans in America Slave Narratives Interactive Presentation (Flash Needed)
Introduction to Colonial African American Life Rise of Slave Trade: Black History in Colonial America

The Atlantic Slave Trade and Slave Life in the Americas: A Visual Record: 1,280 images in this collection have been selected from a wide range of sources, most of them dating from the period of slavery. This collection is envisioned as a tool and a resource that can be used by teachers, researchers, students, and the general public - in brief, anyone interested in the experiences of Africans who were enslaved and transported to the Americas and the lives of their descendants in the slave societies of the New World.


History of Colonial Clothing  
Pilgrim Clothing Colonial Clothing Interactive Learning Activity
Introduction to 18th century clothing Pilgrim Clothing
Women's Colonial Clothing Men's Colonial Clothing


History of Colonial Currency

Colonial Currency: Examples of currency; Colonies/ States are listed in alphabetical order

Colonial and Continental Currency: The complete story, important facts and information

History of Colonial Money: The complete story; important facts and information

Wikipedia: Early American Currency: History and Images


History of the Colonial Economy Colonial Economy During the 17th Century
How Stuff Works: Colonial Economy History of Colonial Money

History of Colonial Education Education in the 13 American Colonies
Pages from an 1805 New England Primer Wikipedia: Schooling, Education, and Literacy in the Colonies
Schooling, Education, and Literacy in Colonial America Education in the Colonies

History of the Colonial Family Colonial Family Life
The Colonial Family Family Life

History of Colonial Farming Farming in the 13 American Colonies

History of Colonial Foods  
Food in the 13 American Colonies Selected Recipes from Colonial Williamsburg
Foods and Recipes of Early American Settlers | Pioneers Food of the Early Colonists

History of Colonial Gardening Colonial Gardening

History of Colonial Government Wikipedia: Colonial Government
Colonial Government Emergence of Colonial Government

History of Colonial Justice How Did Colonists Deal with Criminals?

Colonial Manners (Written as they were) George Washington's Rules of Civility

History of Colonial Medicine Colonial Doctor
Wikipedia: Colonial Diseases and Colonial Doctors Colonial Medicine

History of Colonial Music Listen to Music of Early America

History of Colonial Newspapers  
Colonial America Newspapers Producing a Newspaper 1692 - 1792


History of Colonial Occupations  
Colonial Occupations and Customs  
Trades in Colonial America Founder
Apothecary in Colonial times Gunsmith
Colonial Apothecary Miller
Basketmaker Milliner
Brickmaker Printer / Binder
Tools for the Colonial Brickmaker Saddler
Blacksmith Shoemaker
The Colonial Blacksmith Silversmith
Bookbinder The Colonial Silversmith
Cabinetmaker The Tanner
Carpenter Wheelwright
Cooper The Colonial Wheelwright
The Cooper: Colonial Maker of Barrels and Casks Wigmaker

History of Colonial Parks Parks in the 13 American Colonies

History of Colonial Religion Religion in Colonial America

History of Colonial Soap Making Colonial Soap Making. Its History and Techniques

History of Colonial Tools Colonial Tools

History of Daily Life in Colonial America Daily Life in the Colonies
A Colonial Family and Community Everyday Life


History of Fire Fighting in Colonial Times Firefighting

History of Holiday Customs Colonial Christmas Customs

History of Schooling and Education in Colonial America  
Pages from an 1805 New England Primer Education in the 13 American Colonies
Wikipedia: Education in the Thirteen Colonies Education in the Colonies

History of Traveling, Mail and Newspapers in Colonial America Travel, Mail, and Newspapers in Colonial America

History of the Early Colonial Charters

Colonial Charters, Grants, and Related Documents: From Yale Law School - A list of documents and their texts for every colony in early America - dates supplied as well


Maps of Early America Rare Map Collection - Colonial America

Sites with Specific Information about the History of Colonial Life in the American Colonies

Colonial Williamsburg Slide Shows: The history of the early colonists and colonies presented in various slide shows with pictures and facts

Comparison of Colonial Life to Today's Life: Information about the Plymouth Plantation; The Pilgrims; Education; Vocabulary Words For Colonial America

Colonial North America 1492-1763: Links to sites important to the growth of Colonial North America.

Have Fun with History: Colonial America: American colonial life existed just shy of 180 years before the United States of America emerged as a nation independent of British rule. These formative years are reflected with free streaming videos from Have Fun with History. Topic included: Colonial Williamsburg: Travelogue

How Stuff Works: Colonial America: Informational sites about the Colonial America, many of which include videos

How Stuff Works: Colonial Life: Informational site about the Colonial Life which includes videos

PBS Colonial Life Media Gallery: EXCELLENT! Video and audio clips present the participants as they assess 1628 from a contemporary perspective. Large-sized photos and captions demonstrate both the beauty and the drudgery of life on the Colony. And a map, hand drawn by one of the colonists, portrays the Colony through the eyes of those who lived there.

PBS Interactive History: Colonial Life: EXCELLENT interactive activities which allow you to explore the Colonial Era

PBS Interactive History: Meet the Colonists: Click on the pictures to learn more about individual colonists and their lives

Sonofthesouth.net: Colonization of the Americas: EXTENSIVE historical background about the settlers who came to America and their early settlements complete with photographs and images. Included are links to complete explanations about important people, documents, and events

Sonofthesouth.net: Life in the American Colonies: EXTENSIVE historical background about what life was like in the early colonies complete with photographs and images. Included are links to complete explanations about important people, documents, and events.

Sonofthesouth.net: Old Colonial Days and Ways: EXTENSIVE historical background about the early colonists complete with photographs and images. Included are links to complete explanations about important people, documents, and events.

Timeline of Historical Events of the Original Colonies to 1700

Outline of American History: The Colonial Period


Other Colonial History Pages  
The Jamestown Colony The Plymouth Colony
The Lost Colony of Roanoke The New England Colonies
The Middle Colonies The Southern Colonies


Colonial Life Trivia

Colonial Life Trivia

*The Colonial period in America took place between the early 1500s and late 1700s.

*The colonists established 13 colonies. These colonies are presently known as: Connecticut, Delaware, Georgia, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Rhode Island, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, and Virginia

*Many settlers came to America establish colonies where they had religious freedom.

*When the colonists arrived in America, life was very difficult. They had to clear the land using hand tools, build their own houses, produce all of their own food, and make their own clothing.

*Family life was extremely important. Everything revolved around the family and family members.

*Farming was extremely important in the colonial times. Colonial families had to farm for survival, and every family member had chores to help with the farming.

*Squanto, a Native American, taught many of the colonists how to plant crops and how to hunt for wild animals.

*Many of the colonists who arrived were unprepared for the harsh conditions they were to face, and many died from health problems.

*Tools used the colonists, whether the tools were for the home or for farming, had to be made by hand.

*Of course electricity did not exist for the early colonists. They used candles for light and had to make their own candles.

*Not only did the colonists have to make their own candles, but they also had to make their own soaps which was a very long and difficult process.

*The role of women in early America was not easy. It was the women who took care of all the family needs. She prepared meals, made clothing, canned foods, and raised the children.

*Manners were very important during the colonial era. Colonial children were taught manners from a very early age.

*After a colony was settled, fathers worked outside the home in various colonial trades. There were over 18 major trade professions in colonial America. The children were often taught that trade so that when they were older they could help with the family trade or even take it over.

*The phrase "keep me posted" comes from the colonial period. Before the newspaper was developed, news was written on a paper, and posted in town on a wooden post for the colonists to read.

*The "town crier" was another way that the colonists kept up on the news. He would travel from town to town ringing a bell to get everyone's attention, and speak the news.

*African American slavery played a big part in the history of the early colonies. Slavery began in 1619 in Virginia. Large numbers of Africans were brought to North American against their will. Over 200,000 slaves lived in the colonies by the year 1750, and faced depressing challenges.



American History Calendar

American History Calendar: A calendar site showing American history in a unique way: through a user-friendly web calendar. Birthdays of important people in American history and important events in American history can be viewed; interactive - browse through it and display details on a specific person or event. A printer friendly version of the calendar is also available.


American History Museum

Smithsonian National Museum of American History Search Engine: Discover history through objects, photographs, interactive timelines: Complete archived collections - excellent!


The History Channel

The History Channel: Each month the History Channel takes new explorations into the past and puts them on display for you, utilizing state-of-the-art interactive technology; listen to speeches drawn from the most famous broadcasts and recordings of the Twentieth Century. The History Channel Time Machine brings you to a different speech every day; trivia quiz; fact of the day; games.


U.S. History Images

U.S. History Images: What better way to learn about and appreciate the history of the United States than through viewing the illustrations of artists from the last century and a half! The images are all in the public domain and are free for anyone to use in any way after viewing the Terms of Use. This website is a work in progress and new images are always being added. Present topics for images include: Life in the Colonies, Colonial Patriots, Native Americans, Native American Culture, The Age of Exploration, and Explorers


Educational American History Powerpoints

Educational American History Videos

Links to Other History Sites that Might also Contain Information about Colonial Life and Colonial America

Archiving Early America: A wealth of resources about 18th Century America, original newspapers, maps, writings, biographies

History of the United States Complete Historical Archive: Directory listed in alphabetical order by events

History Place: American Revolution, Civil War, featured articles, history of the U.S.A.

Liberty Online: Historical People and their words, historical documents, historical geography, battle maps, links to other map sites


Reference Sites to Help in Your Research

American Memory Learning Page of the Library of Congress: Historical collections of photographs, documents, motion pictures, and sound recordings about American culture and history - SEARCHABLE by keyword

Biographies of Famous People Both Past and Present: - SEARCHABLE by keyword

The Biographic Dictionary: Covers more than 33,000 notable men and women who have shaped our world from ancient times to the present day- SEARCHABLE by keyword

Encyclopedia Smithsonian: Encyclopedia Smithsonian features answers to frequently asked questions about the Smithsonian and links to Smithsonian resources from A to Z

Information Please: On-Line Dictionary; Encyclopedia; Almanac, and MORE

Who2: Find famous people biographies fast! This site also lists links to more information about each person. - SEARCHABLE by keyword



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