Century - 1600s

What were the occupations in Connecticut in the 1600s?


User Avatar
Wiki User


I BELIEVE THAT the main occupation, besides farming, was trading. Up and down the Connecticut river there were settlements where the American Indians lived as did explorers from foreign countries. The Dutch, for example, wouldtrade steel tools and advanced "technology" to the Indians in turn for furs from trapping and also "wampum". Most people consider wampum to be their form of "money". That is fairly accurate, but wampum was really the stuff that the Indians had that others wanted. It was more of a barter system, than actual "money". I hope this helps! If I am wrong, maybe other posters can contribute their knowledge. <<<ADR>>>