Settling New Hampshire, 1600–1720
The 17th century
was a period of great change for New Hampshire. English settlers
arrived and created communities that relied on gathering the natural resources
around them and shipping them back to Europe. Life for the Abenaki
changed a great deal once the English arrived, as the Abenaki were pushed off their land by the English. Sometimes the Abenaki and the English worked together, and sometimes they fought one another as these two cultures
met and clashed. By the early 18th century
, many of the Abenaki had left this area, and New Hampshire had become a colony
of Great Britain, with four big settlements for the English migrants.
As you learn more about the settling of New Hampshire, think about the following questions:
- How were the Abenaki impacted by the arrival of the Europeans?
- What did the explorers find when they first encountered the land?
- Why did the English settle New Hampshire?
- What was life like in the early English settlements?