Colonial Period



"He that will not work shall not eat." -Captain John Smith

"Taxation without representation is tyranny." -James Otis


First colony: Jamestown, Virginia was founded in 1607.

Literature influenced by Puritan faith.

13 colonies founded by Britain which eventually became America.

Last colony: Georgia was founded in 1732

Important People

Colonial Literature

Thomas Paine's: Common Sense

John Adam's: Declaration of Independence


Poetry influenced the works of many authors during this time. This is because that was one of the dominate forms of literature at the time. Also the Renaissance occurred recently before this time which incorporated a lot of poetry.