Making A Living
New England was not a good place for farming. The farmers only farmed enough for
themselves, so the people in New England had to find other ways to make money. The main ways to make money in the 1700
New England colonies was to:
- Build ships
- Whaling ( catch whales for their oils, etc.)
Whaling was a very succesful way to make a living if you were able to work well together
and catch whales often. If you did catch a whale, you could get a very profitable item: whale oil. Whale oil was used
to make commodities such as soap and candles.
Building ships was also a good way to make money. The reason it was a good money
maker for the New England colonies is because you needed ships if you were a sailor, fisherman, whaler, or a traveling merchant. These
colonies also built ships for England themselves.
Fishing was a very good way of making money in the New England colonies. Due to the
lack of good farming soil, fishermen were able to get enough fish to sell and make a living. This made life easier for everybody,
because if there was no food, nobody would be able to live in the colonies.
Blacksmithing was also a great way to make money. Blacksmithing includes making silverware,
locks, and just about anything with iron or metal in the 1700's. The items blacksmiths made often had to do with houses and
items to improve your life at home.
There weren't always enough people for labor forces in the colonies, so many men
had to work more than one job. Often, people would have to get together to build more houses, leaving the women and children
to do the chores and cook