Colonial foods eaten in Rhode Island include johnnycakes, chowder and cranberry muffins. Johnnycakes were made by mixing together hot water, salt and cornmeal and frying the cakes on an iron griddle. Other colonial Rhode Island foods include rags and tatters or cheese biscuits, clam fritters, pumpkin bread, apple chutney and molasses candy.Know More
Because Rhode Island was such a small colony with little land for farming, the people focused instead on the food they could get from the sea. This was, in part, also influenced by the Portuguese who settled here. Cherrystone clams and quahog were abundant, which the residents then made into chowder. Rhode Islanders even started farming oysters by developing underwater oyster beds.
Cranberries and syrup were also plentiful, not only Rhode Island but in New England as well. Rhode Islanders used this bounty of cranberries to make cranberry muffins. Raisins were a popular imported item in Rhode Island. The sweetness of the fruit made them ideal treats for children and great in recipes. Colonials made cobblestone spice cookies using raisins, vanilla, brown sugar, butter and flour.Learn more about Food Facts
In general the New England colonies were strongly Puritan and valued the education of children. Although Rhode Island practiced religious tolerance, they were no different in this regard. Children learned to read using the Bible and the "New England Primer" under the tutelage of divinity students, ministers or even innkeepers. The school year lasted only four months.Full Answer >
Social life in colonial Rhode Island was as complicated and diverse as social life today. One's social mobility and freedom was dictated by class and wealth, as well as religion.Full Answer >
Rhode Island is the smallest state in the United States, covering 1,214 square miles. The state is 48 miles from north to south and 37 miles from east to west.Full Answer >
All kinds of shellfish must be broken to be eaten. These include lobsters, crabs, shrimp, mussels, clams and oysters. While crustacean shells can be used to cook, they are not edible themselves.Full Answer >