Land of the Brave

Colonial Trades

Colonial America - Land of the Brave


Colonial Trades

Colonial America was an exciting place. Raw materials and natural resources were being used to create trade and commerce in the new colonies. The 13 original colonies of the colonial times were classified by their their locations - the New England colonies, the Middle colonies and the Southern colonies.

The natural resources and climate determined the most lucrative resources for trade. The Colonial Trades developed in each of the colonies and trades thrived. There were many different trades and occupations in the colonies.

A brief overview of the industries and trade in each of the regions.

  • New England Colonies: Fish, ships, timber products, furs, whale products, maple syrup, copper, livestock products, horses, rum, whiskey and beer

  • Middle Colonies: Corn and wheat and livestock including beef and pork. Other industries included the production of iron ore, lumber, shipbuilding, coal, textiles and the fur trade

  • Southern Colonies: Tobacco, sugar, rice, indigo, cotton, via the Slave Plantations, lumber, furs, farm products

Colonial Trades
Trades in Colonial America included The Apothecary, The Architect, The Blacksmith, The Brewer, The Brick Maker, The Carpenter, The Caulker, The Chandler,  The Cooper (Barrel Maker), The Gunsmith, The Farmers, The Fur Traders, The Hatter, The Iron Makers, The Joiner, The Milliner, The Overseer, The Publican (Taverns), The Printer, The Sawmill Workers, The Shipbuilders, The Shoemaker (Bootmaker, Cobbler), The Tanner, The Trappers, The Warehouse workers, The Whalers and the Wheelwright.

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