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13 Original Colonies __ "The original thirteen colonies were Connecticut, Delaware, Georgia, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, South Carolina, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and Virginia." You will find interesting facts about each along with links to the current official/semi-official web site for each state. Other links lead to early homes, timelines, artifacts and much more. - From -

13 Originals __ "The history of the original 13 colonies is a tangled tale indeed. There are many ways to view the events and, in hind sight, it is easy to think you understand. But no one knew where they were headed at the time and it could have ended up very different." Well, that is a hard statement to beat. Here you will find an overview of each colony and links to additional information. Clickable maps provide larger images. - illustrated - From - 

79.02.05: The African and the Pequot in Colonial America __ "After the European colonization of America there was a continuous interaction of three large, powerful, and internally diverse cultural groups. Each had its own goals and to a large extent its own values." You will fine online discussion and lesson plans. - From Yale-New Haven Teachers Institute -

Colonial Charters, Grants, and Related Documents __ Here is a source for primary documents related to the colonization of the New World. There are letters of authorization, grants, charters, constitutions and much more. - From Yale Law School - 
Colonial Currency __ Learn about the monies used in Colonial America. The "lottery" is nothing new. Information is broken down by colony and topic. - illustrated - From University of Notre Dame -



Dutch Social Customs __ You will not only learn about life in New Amsterdam in the 17th century but how it influenced culture in Colonial America. For family history buffs, you will also find names of some of the earliest settlers included in various articles and discussions. - From Donna E. Ristenbatt -

Early Colonial Era __ Here is a timeline from A.D. 1000 and Lief Ericson's voyage up to 1700. You can move forward in time by clicking the "next section" links. - From -


Historic Hudson Valley __ The subjects here are specific to the New York colony and cover daily life in colonial villages including such things as food, and tools. - From Spackenkill Union Free School District - 

Indentured Servants and Transported Convicts __ You will find a brief explanation of what 'indentured service' meant in Colonial America. You will learn how they lived, were moved about and general treatment. - From -



Jamestown Rediscovery __ Click on the "Our Exhibits" link to find a gallery of Jamestown artifacts. These artifacts demonstrate aspects of life ranging from cooking through entertainment and armament. You will find a good history and information about archaeological research. - illustrated - From -

The Lost Colony of Roanoke __ Find out what is known about the mystery of the Lost Colony. You will find history, personalities, photos, and maps. - illustrated - From Thinkquest -

An Outline of American History, The Colonial Period __ While this is a site dedicated to history, you will also find much about the daily lives of American colonists, such as fishing and hunting, commerce, an experiment with theocracy and much, much more. You may want to spend some time here. - illustrated - From U.S. Information Agency -

The Plymouth Colony Archive Project __ Here is a detailed look at life in the Plymouth Colony based on biographies, reports contemporary with the time, maps and more. A good resource for the more advanced student looking for an academic approach. - illustrated - From University of Virginia -



Population and Social Rank in Colonial America __ Learn about the distinct social classes in Colonial America. You will find links to related materials. - From - 

Salem Witch Trials __ An overview of the Salem Witch Trials which is suitable for younger grades. - From The Library of Congress - 

Salem Witchcraft Hysteria __ An interactive look at the Salem Witch Trials of 1692, including details about the people involved along with questions and answers. - illustrated - From National Geographic Society - 



Shirley Hornbeck's This and That Genealogy Tips on Colonial America __ You will find an interesting look at the daily lives and living conditions of early Colonial settlers. Just imagine owning a pair of boots designed to last for life? But if you put a pair of silver buckles on them, you were said to be on the way to insolvency. - From -


Thanksgiving Weather and History __ After more than two months at sea, the passengers of the Mayflower landed in the New World near the end of November, 1620. You will find excerpts from writings by William Bradford, later governor of Plymouth Plantation, about the weather and conditions these first settlers faced. - From - 



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