Where should you live?
By: Aubrie Kappes
Come to New York!
Dutch founded the land for fur and trade, naming it New Netherlands. This means it is easier to get fur here, and if you can get fur it is good to trade here, so it is a win-win situation!
In 1664 England took over the New Netherlands and started a colony. Years after the colony started England renamed the land New York after James the Duke of York who was the new landowner.
You know that James is a kind person because he gave most of his OWN colony to his friends. If he was not nice or kind he would NOT have shared. So you know that the place you would live had a good leader!
A different reason why New York would be a great place to live is because of the land. Because of how the land is it is perfect for farming, and livestock. There are trees around so lumbering is also a big thing. Lastly they were somewhat close to water so they fished, and built ships. If you could do any of this stuff you could get a great job there.
There was a lot of people who came to live in New York. Most of the people who were there already were living there before the settlement so they just stayed. Some examples of the people living in New York are Dutch, Belgian Flemings, Walloons, French Huguenots, Scandinavians, and Germans. This shows that the New York settlement was very diverse and they accepted anyone to come.
One last reason why you should move to New York is because out of the 13 colonies New York was the 10th. It would be a good place to move because they probably would have better things since they are near the end of the colonies. They could have heard about other things other settlers did to get better things and started then.
Don't go to Rhode Island!
Intro to Rhode Island
New York is great but DON’T go to Rhode Island! A minister, Roger Williams, decided to preach a religion in Massachusetts that the Puritans didn’t like. The Puritans was a group of English people in the 16th and 17th century who tried to take out any Roman Catholic practices from their churches. After the Puritans kicked Roger Williams out of the town for preaching Roger got mad. Saying their way of preaching was “forced worship” and that this “stinks in God’s nostrils.” I mean I understand that he was trying to get different religions in Massachusetts but obviously they didn’t want different religions so WHY did he try?!
The land was also pretty bad. When Williams left Massachusetts he walked South with his family in the winter. It was so cold and they didn’t know what to do. The Indians had to take care of them and teach them things until the spring. Once Roger got to be friends with the Indians he bought some land from them and made a colony. But every winter it was cold so all of the crops would most likely die. Also they lived by the water, which made it easier for pirates and smugglers to hide in it before taking their prize.
Don't go to Massachusetts!
Food and Land
The next problem was food and land. Their summers may have been fine but in the winter it got cold. All of their crops and plants would have died. Also they fish, which would be a problem because most of the fish probably moved to a different lake or river in the winter. And they couldn’t trap animals because they are either in hibernation or moved somewhere else in the winter. So now what are they going to eat?