Colonial Period – Fri, 20 Dec 2013 14:53:41 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Impact of U.S. Colonial Era Still Felt Today Wed, 24 Oct 2012 08:04:25 +0000 The colonial era in the United States refers to the nearly 150 years of exploration and colonization undertaken by European powers in North America, that began in the early 1600s and concluded as the original 13 colonies began their quest for independence from Great Britain in the 1760s.

The primary European countries playing a role in creating settlements along the eastern seaboard. Europeans fledgling were leaving the ports of Great Britain, France, the Netherlands and Spain. Settlers from other countries such as Germany, Sweden, Finland and Norway also found their way to the New World to develop new communities that were instrumental in helping found of the United States.

The colonial period in North America first saw hundreds and then thousands of European citizens leave their homes to establish new communities that still had strong ties to their mother countries. Colonial settlers came to the new land that would eventually become the United States for many different reasons. Some of the colonial settlers primarily came to make money from the trade of natural resources available in the New World such as tobacco, furs, and rice and indigo. Others escaped to the colonies due to religious persecution. The colonial period saw an increase in the population of European settlers from under 5,000 in 1630 to well over 1.5 million in 1760, according to estimates.

Many cultural trends that had their roots in the colonial era are still a part of life in the U.S. today. Foods, architecture, furniture and even farming all can trace some of their important elements back to the colonial period. For example, Georgian and saltbox houses were popular architectural styles that are still seen today, while settlers in the 17th and 18th centuries hunted game and cooked cornmeal cakes, just as consumers do today. Furniture in particular is a trend of the colonial era that is still prized today. Furniture in the U.S. colonial era used as its influence the designs of the settlers’ home countries but was constructed of materials found in the New World. Many people appreciate the design of colonial furniture pieces, such as the furniture at Bombay stores that are still classics today.

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What Happened at the Boston Tea Party? Tue, 13 Mar 2012 14:11:44 +0000 The Boston Tea Party is a widely known and pivotal point leading to the War of Independence between American colonies and the British empire. Since the migration to America, enterprising colonists enjoyed a certain amount of sovereignty in their business affairs.

However, the ever-expanding colonies encountered resistance from Native Americans. The natives, encouraged by the French, caused trouble for the newly established Americans. Colonists asked the British for military assistance and the resulting war, the French and Indian Wars, was an expensive decade-long struggle on American soil. The Crown decided colonists should bear some of the economic burden.

Boston Tea Party Painting

Boston Tea Party Painting

Legal action leading directly to the Boston Tea Party involved increased taxes and trade tariffs. Entrepreneurs in America thought the taxes were unfair and began to protest. The British monarchy, trying to protect its own interests in trade, raised taxes on certain items the British empire provided and set in motion events leading to the Boston Tea Party.

Tea from the East India Trading Company, a major British interest, was suffering the competition of bustling piracy. The Tea Act of 1773 was designed to bring more profit to the Empire by eliminating corrupt merchant positions in the colonies. The loss of revenue angered Americans and made them feel that the British monarchy was taking too much control.

American colonists boycotted the British tea, but the Empire didn’t approve. Three ships of tea waited in the harbor until the colonists paid. Opposition grew and the idea for the Boston Tea Party was born. Merchants and protesters who called themselves the Sons of Liberty planned to act against the Crown. In a unified act of vandalism, the Sons of Liberty dressed up as Native Americans and boarded the three ships and dumped mass quantities of tea into the harbor. The Boston Tea Party was an act of revolt that led to more resistance. Participants in Boston Tea Party included the lawyer Samuel Adams.

The British Crown wasn’t impressed and charged the colonists for the damaged tea. Freedom fighters used the Boston Tea Party and increased tyranny to advocate the War of Independence.

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