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Q: Your site is Colonial Sense, but I see a bunch of information from the early 1800s, which is not in the colonial era. What gives?
A: Yes, we know that, technically-speaking, the American colonial era ended in 1776, at the start of the Revolution (when, from our way of thinking, we ceased to be "colonies")...although, from a British viewpoint, that era didn't end until 1783, when they finally had to admit that we really weren't colonies. To be fair, though, there were also French and Spanish Colonies that didn't gain independence until the 1820s or later, so one could stretch the "colonial era" a little further. And, from the perspective of Joe (or Jane) Citizen, not much was different (with the exception of the end of the War) in his/her day-to-day existence; the same words, food, recipes, tools, religious practices, utensils, farming techniques, weaving styles, etc., were used from the mid-1700s (perhaps earlier) until the middle of the 19th century when the industrial revolution began to take hold. Thus, one could make the case to extend "colonial times" at least into the early 19th century, and possibly into the middle of it.
In short, Colonial Sense is not so much about abiding by the strict definition of the Colonial Era as it is at following the sense and sensibility of the times...thus, the naming of our site.
While we strive to primarily focus on the "real" colonial era, we do allow some slippage in both directions, covering much of what is considered the 'Early Modern' era (though we are adamantly opposed to any pre-1492 issues, and definitely stop before the Civil War) to more expansively present the lifestyle and mind-set of the great and not-so-great people who settled this country.
Q: Colonial Sense has articles about a lot of different topics, covering a lot of diverse territory. Who is site intended for?
A: Yes, CS is a pretty eclectic site, presenting a wide range of information about colonial-era living. From where we stand, we have four main audiences:
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