Interpreting the Evidence
Contract of Jan Karstensen to Serve Remmert Jansen as a Blacksmith, April 16, 1643
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Contract of Jan Karstensen to serve Remmert Jansen as a blacksmith, April 16, 1643.
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?
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How did blacksmiths contribute to the success of the colony?