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15 Unbelievable But True Facts About Colonial America

By and large, America was founded by morally conservation pilgrims seeking religious freedom in the New World. You would think that would make the rules of social interactions pretty straightforward, right?

Think again!

You will be surprised to learn how much went on in the life of an average American colonist, including things like sex before marriage, shotgun weddings, crazy currencies, and a whole lot more.

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Some sobering statistics from the life of a typical Colonial parent: 10% of all infants died before age 1, 50% of slave children died before age 1, and 40% of children died before age 6.

This applied to both rich and poor. Disease, disaster, weather and accidents all played large roles in the high death rates of Colonial children.

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