By John Bach McMaster
A bestseller whilst it was once first released in 1883, this primary quantity of historian John Bach McMaster's magnum opus is a full of life heritage of the U.S. that's as pleasing because it is informative. ultimately stretching to 8 volumes, McMaster's epic was once unique in its emphasis on social and monetary stipulations as finding out components in shaping a nation's tradition: as well as the phrases and activities of significant males and the results of important skirmishes and battles, McMaster indulges his obsession with interesting minutiae, from which fruit and veggies have been to be present in the markets of 18th-century Boston to the price of books in Pennsylvania sooner than the Revolution. American historian JOHN BACH McMASTER (1852-1932) taught on the Wharton institution of Finance and economic system on the college of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, from 1883 to 1919. He additionally wrote Benjamin Franklin as a guy of Letters (1887) and a college heritage of the USA (1897), which grew to become a definitive textbook.
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With two other New Hampshire towns (Exeter and Hampton) they became almost independent republics. They set up their own governments, made their own laws, and owed allegiance to nobody save the king. Massachusetts, however, claimed as her north boundary an east and west line three miles north of the source of the Merrimac River.  She therefore soon annexed the four New Hampshire towns, and gave them representation in her legislature. If the claim of Massachusetts was valid in the case of the New Hampshire towns, it was equally so for those of Maine.
On the farms the houses of the early settlers were of logs, or were framed structures covered with shingles or clapboards. The tables, chairs, stools, and bedsteads were of the plainest sort, and were often made of puncheons, that is, of small tree trunks split in half. Sometimes the table would be a long board laid across two X supports. This was "the board," around which the family sat at meals.  In the better houses in the towns the furniture was of course very much finer. --The center of village life was the meetinghouse, or church.
King Charles I cut off a part of Virginia to make (1632) the proprietary colony of Maryland. The new province was given to Lord Baltimore, who founded (1634) a colony at St. Marys. 8. Claiborne, a Virginian, denied the authority of Baltimore, and kept up a struggle against him for many years. 9. In both Maryland and Virginia the people lived on large plantations, and there were few towns. Travel was mostly by water, and there were no good roads. FOOTNOTES  Read Fiske's _Old Virginia and her Neighbours_, Vol.