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Utensils and food service would be just the essentials. Most people in early New England ate from wooden bowls or platters called trenchers, using wooden spoons. Forks were uncommon. Kitchen utensils included pots, pans, butter churns, kettles, skillets, roasting spits, and an earlier form of the toaster: a wrought iron rack that could be turned to toast both sides of the food being heated. Family life was always important in the development of the New England settlements, villages, and towns.

Williams soon announced his belief that the elected leaders of the colony did not have the right to make laws regarding one’s practice of religion. Such statements prompted serious action and The American Colonies Massachusetts leaders voted to banish Williams from the colony. In 1636,Williams made his way out of the colony to Narragansett Bay, where he lived with the local Indians. In time,Williams bought land from the natives and founded the town of Providence. A very devout woman, she came to criticize some Boston ministers for, according to Hutchinson, their lack of piety.

But the settlers worked hard, building shelters. One of the first structures Winthrop ordered built was the Puritan meetinghouse, for worship. Some help came to the Massachusetts immigrants from Plymouth. Indian corn, clams, and seafood were the foods the colonists came to rely on. Salem proved to be an inadequate location to support a large community early on, so Winthrop moved many of his people south to a site which was named Charlestown. This location proved suitable, and Boston soon became the main town of the colony.

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