How did they communicate during the colonial period?

They either talked face to face, sent letters or sent messengers.  About the time of the Revolution, the French were experimenting with semaphore stations for carrying news long distances without having to have a messenger.
They either talked face to face, sent letters or sent messengers.  About the time of the Revolution, the French were experimenting with semaphore stations for carrying news long distances without having to have a messenger.