Essay, Research Paper
The Trip to The New England Colonies
My trip started off with the 30 day voyage across the mighty
Atlantic. Not knowing that I would be sent to the well established
colony of Jamestown. I would be staying with the average family.
They are to let me stay on account of rent from my publisher in
My renter, a well developed man. He runs a silversmith shop. He is
also an artist. I am sure he will show me pieces of his work. His wife,
a very friendly lady from the reports. She is half Indian. They have 2
sons. Both well built and are very courteous. They are young adults.
So far in day 12 of my 30 day voyage I don?t have any sickness
symptoms. I had seen many people eating rotten food and not
knowing it. I was afraid so I ate as little as possible. I knew I could
Finally day 28 had reached. I was excited to be off the coast of
Jamestown. I figured that by the time we reached at the dock that
we would be in for the treat of fresh food. The water on board is
yellow and it stinks. The food is growing this so called hair. It was
nasty to eat but we had nothing else. It was past midnight and I
cant sleep due to the crowded floors. I hear a voice, “I heard we?ve
reached the point.” I began to get excited and over whelmed. I finally
could eat something fresh. I ran up to the deck not knowing that the
captain wasn?t in his cabin. He looked up to the guy on the Crow?s
nest. He said, “Sir I see land.”
I never think it would happen. I made it. The sun was beginning to
come out and light began to reveal land. I could see the fort but it
was a faint view. I see the people at the coast line waving and
happy to see the passengers. I couldn?t tell who I was to
accommodate with but I thought I had an idea. There was a nice
family standing in the far left. I think that they new what I looked
like. After a week had gone by I got used to the living. I helped out
with my share of chores and in the shop. I helped out with the boys
studying. I didn?t know that here they learn how to read from the
After a few months had past I began to note about the family?s
traditions and things they do. I began to see Mrs. Wise have more
and more Quilting Bee parties. The Boys do more work around the
shop. Also Mr. Wise ease off working as hard. He must beginning to
pass the business on to the boys. At the Quilting Bee parties Mrs.
Wise would have several ladies over and have a party out of making a
quilt. Most of these parties had around 20 people. The put together
several people because it makes it faster to make quilts. I noticed
several girls learning from their mothers how to stitch and so fourth. I
also noted about there importance of Church. I saw that their
sermons lasted 2 or 3 hours. Back in England they lasted around 20
minutes. They would socialize and celebrate major events during
church also. I noted that the Indians there taught the colonists very
well. They taught them how to trap fish, and find wild herbs and
greens. Although later Roger Williams a clergy was almost arrested in
1636 for supporting land rights for Native Americans.
I saw many enslaved people. The Wises did not believe in slavery.
African Americans were either slaves or indentured servants. In 1775
I learned they were one fifth of the population.
Trading was important to the colonists. Merchants helped to break
the barrier between colonies. They helped to make better unity. I
noted about the towns class differences. Most were middle class.
Native Americans ranked at the bottom of the class list. They were
never treated with respect for all the thing s that they did for
colonists. Gentry were known as the rich people. The clothes told
about the man.
I notice the growing conflict going on between Native Americans and
Colonist in the conflict over the land. The colonist killed the Native
Americans by disease, guns, and alcohol. The Natives didn?t have an
immunity to the disease like the colonists did.
The colonists marriage rituals were very different than that in
England. The Quakers didn?t have a minister at the wedding. They
also married at home not at church. Marriage was for life. Wives
could not run away with out the husband giving a divorce.
Their religious rituals were different too. They had a Sabbath day on
Sunday. It was required that you be there unless you were doing
work. Their version of the bible teaches instructions for the colonists.
Virginia dare was the first English baby born in America.
So in all the New England colonies are excellent in religion and work.
They have developed very well. They mostly follow the same
guidelines as England except with a few corrections and curves to