Colonial Life

A glimpse into the past

Day to Day Life

The life of a colonist was riddled with trouble, such as import taxes forced on them by the British, Native Americans and the threat of war, as well as the prospect of simply feeding their families. Almost everyone from the time that they could walk had to contribute to helping the family through hard labor. Some of the trades available to colonists included, being an apothecary, a harness and saddle maker, being a blacksmith, a hatter, a cooper, etc. each of these professions took long hours and much work and kept roofs over the heads of the colonists and their families.


Men's Clothing

  • A Banyan- a loose informal robe.
  • Breeches- tight cut pants that outlined the legs shape.
  • Coat- worn to protect ones self from the elements.
  • Cravat- Much like a neck tie, to be worn to protect ones self form the element.

Women's Clothing

  • Brunswick- A Long Cloak.
  • Cap- Worn without dressing the hair.
  • Gown- with a bodice and different trims.
  • Pattens- Shoes with a raised sole.


Foods include:

  • Bread & Cakes
  • crops included, wheat, tobacco, barley, corn, & rice
  • chickens, pigs and cows could be found grazing in pastures
  • Wild game were killed for food such as deer and rabbits
  • turkeys were bread or hunted in the wild

How did the war effect people in the colonial times?

People on both sides of the war lost loved ones and were effected deeply by the war, brother turning against brother as people chose sides, either with the Tories (Loyalists)

or Rebels (Patriots). Over half of the population during this time chose to be neutral in the war, not taking part in the bloodshed.


People in the north and some regions of the south lived in smaller more modest homes made out of wood on a small plot of land. The house was often 1-2 rooms and no longer than 15-20 feet long, the size of an average garage. Some people in the south however lived on plantations in large houses or estates/mansions. The average farming family contained 5-6 members and lived in cramped quarters and homes.

Slave life

Most slaves lived in a one room house with all of the members of their families crowded in, and were given small meager rations to sustain them and their families. Most often slaves were beaten and whipped for a lack of effort if they slowed down in their work and many slaves worked on plantations picking cotton/ tobacco. Sometimes women would tend to the house and work in the fields some, while men worked around the plantation. Many slave families were split apart and bought separately.

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Colter Vick & Adeline Flores