Daily Life in the Colonies

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  • Livestock
  • Rural Areas
  • Transportation
  • A comfortable farmer in the North owned ten cattle, sixteen sheep, six pigs, two horses, and a team of oxen.
  • Men's Duties
  • Over 90% of colonial families lived outside of towns and cities.
  • Women's Duties
  • Horses were standard transportation. Traveling was done most often in the Summer and Winter, because Spring had muddy roads and Fall made get around difficult.
  • Reading
  • Men on the farm were responsible for "outdoor" duties like planting crops, building fences, and butchering livestock. They were most free from labor in the winter when crops required no care.
  • Women were responsible for "indoor" duties like preparing food (gardening, smoking meat, milking cows), sewing, and cleaning. They were most free from labor in summers before food preservation, spinning, and weaving began.
  • A majority of the residents of Colonial America could neither read nor write. Women, particularly, had almost no educational opportunities. 
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