Life in the Georgia Colony for Kids

by Tamasin Wedgwood

Georgia was founded as a colony for debtors. Its settlers were intended to stand between more Northerly colonies and Spanish and Native American attacks. Life was hard and socially isolated: there were few towns. Roads were mainly trails.

Social Life

Children lived on isolated farmsteads. Families were large. Playmates were their siblings. Toys were few and handmade--corncob dolls; clay marbles. Children played tag, hopscotch and outdoor games. Traveling preachers held religious meetings that were big social events, drawing families from remote farms.

Education

There were no schools. Boys might be taught at home. Girls were not taught to read or write. They learned to sew, cook and clean.

Chores

Children had many chores. Boys herded cows, chopped wood and hunted. Girls milked cows, made butter, picked vegetables and looked after chickens.

Hardship

Early harvests were poor. Children went hungry. The first baby born in the colony died. Mothers died in childbirth. Preacher George Whitfield founded an orphanage in Savannah where poor children were cared for and taught religion. From 1749, Georgia was slave-owning. Black and white children might play together as babies; later they lived separate lives. Slave children could be sold.

Fun Fact

Georgius Warren was born at sea on route to the colony. The first child born after arrival was Georgia Close.

References

Resources

  • “The bloody Summer of 1742: A Colonial Boy’s Journal”; Joyce Blackburn; 1985
  • “Phoebe’s Secret Diary”; Joyce Blackburn; 1993
  • “Colonial Kids: An Activity Guide to Life in the New World”; Laurie Carlson; 1997
  • “Colonial Life”; Brendan January; 2001

About the Author

Based in the Isle of Man, Tamasin Wedgwood has been writing on historical topics since 2007. Her articles have appeared in "The International Journal of Heritage Studies," "Museum and Society" and "Bobbin and Shuttle" magazine. She has a Master of Arts (Distinction) in museum studies from Leicester University.

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