Interpreting the Evidence
Blacksmith Receipt for Work Done for Jeremias Van Rensselaer, June 1674
Suggested Teaching Instructions
Receipt for work done by the blacksmith for Jeremias Van Rensselaer, June 1674.
Blacksmiths played a key role in the development and success of colonial communities. Blacksmiths were responsible for producing most iron objects like horse shoes, hinges, locks, nails, and keys. In addition to production, these metal workers also were hired to repair items like wagons and sleighs. Individuals learned the blacksmith trade through apprenticeships which they entered into in their early teenage years.
How did blacksmiths contribute to the growth and success of the colony?
Check for Understanding
Using the document describe, in a diary format, the average work day of an apprentice in a blacksmith’s shop. Using the document describe approximately how much money a blacksmith made for his trade. Compare whether his contribution to the colony was worth more or less in contrast to his approximate income.