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How did the early Rhode Island colonists live on a day to day basis?


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2009-10-13 15:53:19
2009-10-13 15:53:19

The colonial period was not glamorous or easy.

It was a challenge for us who moved here because everyone

was familiar with the easy pleasures of our lives in Europe.

We had to struggle to even survive. Life was a challenge.

The first permanent settlers here in North America were the

gentleman of England. They came here to find gold, but instead

they found wild forests, cold and Indians.


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