A Colonial gunsmith was a craftsman in American Colonial times who modified and repaired all the different types of guns and rifles used by the American colonists. These gunsmiths also specialized in the custom production of the American long rifle.
The American craftsman approach was distinct from the European assembly-line technique. In Europe, specialists made gun components at home, with each specialist making only one or two identical parts for delivery to a factory for assembling. While this method eventually migrated to the American colonies, Americans couldn't duplicate it effectively during the Colonial years. Most guns were imported, and Americans relied on gunsmiths to perform necessary repairs and modifications. The long rifle was a special weapon, however. This weapon was highly accurate at ranges up to 200 yards, making it invaluable for fighting and hunting in the American frontier.Learn More
Colonial coopers used an abundance of carpentry tools to cut and shape wood. These included a variety of saws, knives, pincers and tongs, bladed tools such as the adze, billhook and froe, as well as augurs and mallets. To support or shape the wood, they used blocks, a jointer, a shaving horse, windlass, slings and tackles.Full Answer >
The lives of colonial bakers began early in the day, as did that of other preparers of food, and it revolved upon proper time management and the usage of fresh ingredients. While the colonial diet consisted of a number of sources for starch and grain, baked goods were especially common.Full Answer >
The European languages spoken in the Americas, Africa, South Asia, Australia and New Zealand are an example of a colonial legacy. Widespread use of English, French, Spanish and Portuguese outside Europe is a consequence of colonialism.Full Answer >
Some colonial ships, such as the Mayflower, were often triple-masted; the three masts were the fore mast, the main mast and the mizzen mast, which sat on the quarter deck near the stern of the ship. The Mayflower and similar ships had three main levels below decks.Full Answer >