I thought it might be nice to celebrate America’s Independence Day with some Colonial travel facts.
1. It took 2-3 months to sail from England to the Colonies in the eighteenth-century.
2. By horseback, it could take two weeks to travel from Boston to Philadelphia.
3. Colonists traveled by water, foot, horse, carriage, and wagon.
4. George Washington worked as a land surveyor starting at the age of seventeen.
5. By 1776, there were 2.4 million people living in the thirteen colonies.
6. While the area comprised of the states that make up the original thirteen colonies comes to 360,000 square miles, the new United States in the early 1780’s had over 800,000 square miles of land ceded to it from Britain.
7. 85% of colonists were from or descended from the British Isles in 1776.
8. The Triangle Trade was a system of trading routes during Colonial times. It involved African slaves, Caribbean rum and molasses, and British finished goods.
9. Virginia became the first colony in 1607 with the founding of Jamestown by a group of English colonists. Georgia became the last of the thirteen in 1732 when it became a debtor’s colony.
10. You can still visit many of Colonial America’s historic sites, including Independence Hall in Philadelphia, Williamsburg in Virginia, and Bunker Hill in Boston.