in the 13 American Colonies
in colonial differed
in many ways from farming today. The most significant
difference was in what crops were grown where.
in the New England Colonies had a rough time of it. Much
of the soil wasn't good for growing crops, especially
near the ocean. Also, the early and long-lasting winters
killed many crops quickly. Still, New England farmers
often grew enough food
to feed their families and maybe even help feed other
families. The main kind of food New Englanders
contributed to the economy was fish.
in the Middle Colonies were the most prosperious of all.
They grew wheat, barley, oats, rye, and corn. The Middle
Colonies were often called
the "breadbasket" because they grew so much food. Wheat
could be ground to make flour, and both wheat and flour
could be sold in other colonies or in Europe.
in the Southern Colonies grew several things. The most
popular crop was tobacco. The Jamestown
colonists had grown tobacco originally, and tobacco farms
sprung up all over Virginia and North Carolina. The two
southernmost states (South Carolina and Georgia) also
grew indigo and rice.
equipment was also different. Colonial farmers didn't have
the large machines that today's farmers have and so had to
rely on manpower and animalpower.
on Life in the 13
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