From Colonization through Revolution

US History Project

Colonial Kitchen

Colonies and Colonists

The American Colonies were established for economic and religious reasons. Each colony was started for its own purpose by a group of people committed to that purpose.

The lives of the colonists were also varied based on their social positions. Wealth and gender played an important role in deciding what a person's life would be like. The wealthy had more opportunity to get an education than those who were not wealthy. Men generally had more more rights than women.

For this assignment, you will create a brochure in Microsoft Word describing the colonies and the colonists who lived in them.


Open the brochure template, save it to your My Documents folder, and follow the instructions on the template. Be sure to delete the instructions after you have read them!

The brochure contains columns and is two pages long. Use the first page (the first two columns) to describe the colonies and the reasons they were each established. The second page contains three columns. Use these columns to describe the varying lives of the colonists. Colonial Americans can be divided into six groups: Plantation Owners, Farmers, Artisans, Women, Indentured Servants, and Slaves.

There are image placeholders within the brochure template - the placeholders look like gray cameras. You should replace these image placeholders with more appropriate clip art images. Click here for directions on how to use clip art with Word 2007. Use the following search terms when searching for clip art images as described in the directions (spelling counts!):

colonists, plantation, artisan, farmer, slave, pilgrim, puritan, tobacco plants, Mayflower, colonial flags

You may use your notebook, textbook, or the internet to help you. Here are some websites that you may find useful:

Colonial America

The American Colonies

Massachusettes Bay Colony

Jamestown - Why There?

Founding of Pennsylvania

Plymouth Colony

The Colony of Georgia

Social Studies Webpage - scroll down to section entitled "Colonial America"

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