Life In Colonial America

By: Mariah Ordaz and Zoey Lavergne

What Was the Colonial Times?

The Colonial Times was when European nations came to the America to increase their wealth and increase their power. the spanish were the first to settle in the 'New World' which is now known as the United States of America. This happened around the time of 1492-1763.

The First Colony:

The first colony was founded at Jamestown, Virginia, in 1607. Many of the people who settled in the New World came to escape religious persecution, escape debt, new land, or find gold.


The Pilgrims, founders of Plymouth, Massachusetts in 1620. And with the help of Native Americans, their Colony grew. Tobacco helped save the Colonist from dying of starvation.

How The People Made money:

To earn a living, planters grew some type of cash crop that could be sold for money or credit in order to buy needed tools, livestock, and household goods which could not be produced on the farm.

Colonial Women's Lifestyle:

How Women Were Treated

women had a specific role. they prepared and serving the food, weaving clothing, and raising and educating the children.

Native American Women

When settlers came to the New World they were appalled to see how the Native American women did all of the traditional and manual labor, according to European standards. They worked in and around the house, taught the children, prepared the food and created pottery.

What they Ate and Their jobs.

Some Jobs they had included

BOATMAN: a person who worked on a boat, predominately on rivers and canals; boat repairer

BOATSWAIN: an officer in charge of the sails and rigging

ALEWIFE a woman who kept an alehouse or tavern

BLADESMITH: swordmaker or knife maker

FOOT-MAIDEN: a female attendant


If you lived by the sea you might eat lobsters, clams or other sea food. People who lived inland would eat rabbits, squirrels, bear, deer, and other wild game. Most people also grew fruits and vegetables.