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Sunday, 8 June 2014


The English colonists who first landed in New England had to build shelters quickly to allow enough time for planting. They probably lived in rough houses of wattle and daub.

In Philadelphia an outbreak of yellow fever killed one-sixth of the population in 1698. Such epidemics spread easily as the colonials generally washed no more than their hands and face for fear of endangering their health.

Iron stoves, fed by wood, charcoal, or coal, were used for cooking by colonists. They had an oven below and pot holes on top. However, because they gave off a large amount of heat, they made the kitchen an uncomfortable place in the summer.

In 1774 colonial Americans had the highest standard of living on earth and paid an average of 1.5% in taxes. 

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