The American Colonies During Colonial America

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Dinner! That simple word can inspire lots of emotions and excitement. If called to dinner, one would run in to eat a hot meal. In Colonial America dinner was the main meal of the day. The food that was served and how it was prepared depended on which region and what ingredients were available. Starvation was real in early American colonies. It was so bad in the beginning that in the first year, “Two desperate colonists were tied to posts and left to starve as punishment for raiding the colonies ' stores. One colonist even took to cannibalism, eating his own wife.”
The American colonies from 1600-1775 consisted of three main regions, New England colonies, the Middle Colonies, and The Southern colonies. Each region developed a unique cooking style and used local ingredients common to that area. The Middle colonies had a longer growing season than the New England colonies and had better soil to plant, so they had more options for food sources. In addition to that, more animals were available to them year round. The Southern colonies also had very fertile soil and long growing seasons, and the plantation provided an abundance of food, most of which was prepared by the slaves. The slaves also brought some of their own plants and style of spicy cooking with them. The New England colonies had the hardest time, with short growing seasons, poor soil or rocky soil, and cold long winters. Without the help of the Native Americans and the ingenuity of the colonists, survival of the
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