"Revolutionary America! 1763-1789 April 20-November 3, 2002

Three Geographic Regions of the British Colonies in America

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In this photo:
FURNITURE, FARM TOOLS, and ACCESSORIES, late 1770s - early 1800s
  On loan from the collection of:
    --A. Moffett
    --Mary Evans, Mount Vernon IA
    --Michael Zahs, Ainsworth IA
    --Lou and Colleen Picek, Main Street Antiques and Art, West Branch IA
    --Old York Historical Society, York ME
COSTUMES (reproductions) representing a Boston attorney, a farmer's wife, and the lady of a plantation
SPINNING WHEEL brought to America from Germany, c. 1790s
    --Herbert Hoover Presidential Library and Museum, West Branch IA

Those Cantankerous Yanks

New England was made up of New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Connecticut, and Rhode Island. Fishing, whaling, and timber forests for shipbuilding created bustling seaports that distributed trade goods throughout the world. The center of business was Boston, the city that would become the birthplace of The Revolution!

Thriving Laborers and Worldly City Folk

New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Delaware hosted a rolling landscape of grain fields and iron mines, and these resources created a thriving middle class. The cities of New York and Philadelphia were crammed with diverse nationalities that created the first steps toward a unique level of tolerance in America.

Independent Farmers, Arrogant Aristocrats and Lowly Slaves

Primarily small farmers and tradesmen lived in Maryland, Virginia, the Carolinas and Georgia, yet 75 percent of the wealth was owned by a small group of grand plantation owners. Their vast estates depended on African slaves to work the fields of tobacco and rice. Southerners were fiercely protective of their rights and their property.


Who Were We? Sub-Sections
Three Geographic Regions (You are here)
  Slave Chains
  Daniel Boone, Trailblazer to the West
Colonial Society
Faith and Literacy
The Taverns
  Wine Glasses of George and Martha Washington


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