Setting Up Shop: Colonization and the Early Economy

by  Strawbery Banke Museum

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Why did English colonists settle in New England?  How did differing cultural values and beliefs of Indigenous people and colonists create conflict?  What did colonists do to make a living in a new place?  Through games, discussion and critical thinking, students will explore these questions and many more.  Students will examine maps from different perspectives, search through a tavern for evidence of colonial craftspeople, discuss a visual representation of triangular trade and think about how the tools and machines of the past are different from what is available today.

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Point to Point: $100.00
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Flexible 45 - 60 minutes

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Education: Grade(s) 4, 5, 6, Homeschool/Family

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There is no maximum, but for optimum interactivity, we suggest no more than 30 students.

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Social Studies/History

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Strawbery Banke Museum

Portsmouth, NH
United States

Strawbery Banke Museum, in the heart of historic downtown Portsmouth, New Hampshire, is a 10-acre outdoor history museum dedicated to bringing 400+ years of American history to life. Strawbery Banke Museum tells the story of the neighborhood called Puddle Dock, surrounding the tidal inlet. This neighborhood grew from seasonal hunting and fishing grounds of Indigenous Abenaki people to a wilderness outpost in the late 1600s and through cycles of maritime prosperity to become a multi-cultural "neighborhood of newcomers."  The museum is known for its first-person historical roleplayers, period gardens and landscapes, making history relevant to the present day and using the lives of ordinary Americans to tell extraordinary stories.

Rebecca Coppola

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Introduce Strawbery Banke Museum and the topics on which we are going to focus: colonization and the economy.
Compare and contrast two maps of New England, one from the perspective of indigenous people and one from the perspective of English colonizers. Through discussion, we will begin to understand how these two cultures thought about property and land ownership.
Focus will turn to following the colonists. Through maps and visual sources we will explore why the English came to New England and the formation of cities.
The group will watch a video of a roleplayer in an 18th-century shop discussing how goods arrive in America and the concept of trade.
The group will view a visual depiction of the triangle trade to discuss imports, exports and the follow of goods (including human cargo) through a more global lens.
Next, the group will begin focusing on specialty trades in Colonial America. We will play a game looking at the inside of an 18th-century tavern and finding all the craftsmen (silversmith, carpenter, cooper, potter, cabinetmaker, etc.) who made various things to furnish the room.
Participants will watch a video of someone working on a loom and compare colonial tools to machines that we have today.
Time for questions and comments.


Students will:
-understand that cultural values and beliefs create different perspectives around land use and ways to survive.
-practice answering questions, listening to others and generating their own questions.
-appreciate the technology that allows people today to engage in leisure activities that were not available to people before the Industrial Revolution.
-recognize the economic reasons for English colonization of New England.