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.
-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.