Daily Life During Colonial Times

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There were many aspects of daily life for Europeans and European Americans in

the 1700's. A lot has changed since then, but the importance of the life-style still stands

today. Each or mostly all the different colonies had different "main crops.  The economy

was based on trade then, and it still is now.

Everybody in each household did something different. Only men could attain

jobs, women were suppose to work in the homes for their families. During this time,

working was a must. In every household, everyone had a job to do. If the father was at

home, the men and the boys would work outside or in the fields. And for the women, the

mothers and the daughters worked inside the homes.

During that time, there were lots of jobs that anyone could have. Some of these

jobs were Apothicay “ which made, sold, and traded drugs. The Blacksmith “ which

practiced the making of tools, wagon hardware, nails, etc. Basketmakers “ which made

white-oak baskets. Brickmakers “ which made bricks out of sandy clay, and

cabinetmakers “ which made furniture and harpsichords, while the carpeter made shingle

floorboards and rafters. And last but not least, the Gunsmiths “ which fashioned silver,

iron, wood, steal, and brass to produced functional firearms. The townspeople depended

mostly on the miller who grinded grain. Since bread was a large part of their diet, the

miller was often an important person. The millener was the merchant of fashionable

household goods and accessories. Anyone who was interested could see the latest fabrics,

dresses, and linens at the milliners place. Saddlers made saddles and harnesses that were

always in great demand. Printers and binders printed copies of newspapers, books and

gayettes (early magazines). As you can see there were many options available for the

During the day, along with working, the children a... Continue Reading