Creative Writing- Letters Describing Life in the Colonies of South Carolina and Maryland in the 1700s

Creative Writing- Letters Describing Life in the Colonies of South Carolina and Maryland in the 1700s
Dear Brother Charles,
Greetings my dear brother, how have you been? How is King Charles II treating his fellow people? I hope he is treating you as well as the conditions are over here. I?m writing to you to inform you about these marvelous conditions that us ?colonists? are fortunate enough to have.
South Carolina, my colony, is located on the southern part of the 13 colonies. To the north, South Carolina is contiguous to North Carolina. To the south, South Carolina is contiguous to Georgia. To the East, South Carolina is contiguous to the Atlantic Ocean. To the west, South Carolina is contiguous to the Appalachian Mountains and the ?back country? (the frontier). South Carolina is one of the five colonies in the southern section of the 13 colonies. These colonies were called the Southern Colonies.
First Off, I want to tell you a little history. Southern Carolina was settled in 1670 by eight English nobles who were seeking to expand their trade. They eventually stumbled upon the place where the Ashley and Cooper rivers met. They decided to settle there and name it Charles Town, In honor of King Charles II. Thus, Charles Town was born. Southern Carolina is the only colony in which slave labor was largely needed from the beginning. In 1719, the name of the colony finally changed from Southern Carolina to South Carolina.
I know what you might be thinking: ?All this information is great, but what does this have to do with you moving to America??
I?ll answer that question with another question, why can?t we be free? Why can?t we lead our own life? You see, in England we were always following everyone. None of us actually thought of becoming a leader. Then one day, I saw a poster about the 13 British colonies in America. The poster said that America had crops and great trade, but it also said that it was a place to start over, to undo all your mistakes. I jumped at the chance of starting over, which is why I left for America. The passage to America was harsh and many died before we even reached it, but I kept hope. I landed in the colony of South Carolina only to discover how lucky I was. Most of the other colonies in America, suffered from lack of products or slow growth but South Carolina had fast growth a valuable cash crop called Indigo. Ever since then, I?ve been leading a new life of happiness, and prosperity.
Even with all these ?luxuries? South Carolina isn?t perfect. The days are long, hot, humid, and at times damp. Occasionally, storms coming from the Atlantic Ocean wreak havoc on the villages, but the majority of the days are filled with sunshine. During the spring and summer there is a combination of rain and scorching heat. In the fall and winter it sometimes snows in the northern section of South Carolina while the rest of the region is moderately cool. The land in South Carolina is very hilly and layered with an abundance of forestry. A large part of the colony is made up of marshlands and swamplands. The swamplands are infested with alligators and swarming with mosquitoes.
Despite the harsh climates in America I still love it here. In America, we have more freedom than in England. We also have many cash crops that make more trade than England?s products. There are many reasons why I came to America but the most persuasive reason that I could think of is to be able to lead your own life. That?s why most people come to America.
Now it?s time for the grand prize?? the products of South Carolina! The main crop or the ?cash crop? is Indigo, a valuable blue dye that is harvested by the enslaved in South Carolina. Other products include grain, rice, lumber, and cattle. South Carolina is a very o prosperous colony that has many products for the world to share.
In conclusion, I urge you to come to America. I hope you will see it my way and come visit me here. My time of suffering in England is over, thanks to a poster. It could happen to you too, if you believe in yourself. I really like it here, but it?s not the same without you. With that, I bid you farewell and I wish you happy traveling!

Yours truly,
Brother Bernard

Maryland, 1749
Dear Aunt Julia,
Maryland sure is a land of plenty. Many colonists come to Maryland everyday seeking a better life in America, but they don?t realize the British still control the 13 colonies. England and the 13 colonies are constantly fighting. The colonies fight because they want to be free of Britain?s unfair rule and England fights because they don?t want to lose the colonies. It?s like a war of attrition. Anyways, I am writing to you to tell you of these not- so- great conditions out here in the colonies.
Maryland, my colony, is located right under the shoe of Pennsylvania. The Mason- Dixon line separates it from the middle colonies. To the north, Maryland is contiguous to Pennsylvania. To the south, Maryland is contiguous to Virginia and the Potomac River. To the east, Maryland is contiguous to Delaware. To the west, Maryland is contiguous to the Appalachian Mountains and the Potomac River. Maryland is one of the five colonies that are south of the Mason-Dixon Line called the Southern Colonies.
Firstly, I want to tell you how Maryland came to be. In 1632, Sir George Calvert convinced King Charles I to grant him land for a colony in America. Since he had ruined his career in Protestant England by becoming a Roman Catholic, he wanted to start over and build a colony where people like him could live freely. The colony was named Maryland in honor of Queen Henrietta Maria. George Calvert died before his colony could get underway, so his son, Cecil Calvert, (Lord Baltimore) pushed on with the project. Maryland was settled in 1634, when about 200 colonists landed along the upper Chesapeake Bay. The bay was filled with fish, crabs, and oysters so the colonists had it easy from the start. The first town that they built, St. Mary?s, was built in a dry location due to the past experiences with the settlers at Jamestown. To make sure Maryland would grow, Lord Baltimore asked his assembly to pass an Act of Toleration. The law provided religious freedom to Christians.
Now you might be wondering why I left England behind and went through all this trouble, just to get to America but you forgot one thing: the light at the end of the tunnel. I went through being an Indentured Servant and I went through being harshly treated but none of that could change my mind about going to America to start a new life. Sure the passage wasn?t the best journey in the world but it still took me to America and that?s what mattered. At least I have a chance to do it all over.
Even with all these difficulties, Maryland still was a decent place to live in. It had a good supply of seafood due to the fact that the Chesapeake Bay was wedged between Maryland. Maryland was also a great immigration destination, as a lot of immigrants settled in Maryland. The climate in Maryland was relatively cool at times it might even snow. The winters were long, cold, bitter, and unforgiving while the summers were hot, bright, and filled with sunshine.
For a small colony, Maryland did surprisingly well in products. It had iron, grain, eggs, and soybeans but the chief product was fish. Fish was in abundance because of the nearby Chesapeake Bay. People also found oysters, clams, and crabs. That?s the power of Maryland?s water source!
All in all, Maryland is a pretty nice little colony where you can hang around for the fun of it. Despite some not- so- great conditions there are a lot of good things that happen in Maryland too and I want you to be a part of it! I hope to see you soon!
Yours truly,
Nephew Seth

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