The Connecticut Colony
Freedom of religion and government! It's all in Connecticut!
Why was Connecticut founded?
Who founded it? When? And where?
- thin, rocky soil
- narrow plains
- The Connecticut River
- long, snowy winters
- short but warm summers
Shops sold window glass, iron tools, and cloth. They also sold Western Indian products such as sugar and molasses. In exchange for these goods, shop keepers traded them for crops, shingles, and potash. They also sent products to the West Indies to exchange for molasses, sugar, and gold coins.
Other New England merchants had fishing boats and took cod to the West Indies and southern Europe, and many of them became rich.
Most people in New England were farmers. After marriage, English women could not own property or vote. Farm women spun yarn from wool and knitted sweaters and stockings. They made candles and soap, and churned milk into butter.
When sons married, fathers gave them gifts of land, livestock, or farming equipment. Daughters received household goods, farm animals, and cash. Most farming families in Connecticut lived in wooden houses because there were many trees.
New England colonist farmers grew corn and raised cows and pigs. The corn was food for humans while the corn stalks and leaves were food for the animals.
Many families traded with each other. Families worked together to make yarn, create quilts, and shuck corn.