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This Essay Follows 5 Imaginary People During The Colonization Of America, From 1612 To 1790.

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Monday, August 4, 1612 Two weeks have passed since my journey from Germany to The Colonies began. I am anxious to arrive in The New World. Life on the ship is, simply put, unpleasant. Quarters are cramped, food is scarce, and disease runs rampant. Yesterday, two passengers were buried at sea. They died from fever and delirium. My time on the ship has not been as harsh as it is for most. I became a deck hand to pay my way. I am regularly fed and I get fresh air and sunlight most days. My job is to distribute food to the passengers and clean the deck. I usually volunteer for the nocturnal watch. I feel that it is to my advantage to spend as little time below deck as possible. I miss my family and although I may never see them again, I know I made the right choice.Yonaton DivorkinThursday, September 14, 1706 I will never be able to thank my grandfather enough for coming to America. Modern Germany has little opportunity available in the business world, especially for Jews. The only intolerance in America is between the Protestants and the Catholics. This is only because of their racial disputes. I have never seen a time of peace between the French and the British. I have tended to ally my loyalties to the British. They have been long time trade partners and allies with Germany and, even though I have only visited Auuzban, Germany a few times, I still feel that it is a part of me. My home, the small shtetl of Chazer Ri, New Jersey, is identical to any city of Germany. I have only been running The B'bayit Inn here for three years, but it has been doing magnificently. Every room is filled in the summer and most are filled in the winter. Recently, with talk over how to deal with the British implementation of the navigation acts, we have had several traders and artisans stop by on their way to the Boston and Maine ports. This is an issue that affects every citizen of the Colonies. Most of the business in this area is the trade and export of lumber and furs. If we can no longer send these raw materials to the Dutch to manufacture, then we will lose a great deal of revenue from both traded goods and travelers staying at the inn while they conduct business. I have not yet had any complaint with the British Empire, but these trade restrictions are too sudden and drastic and will end up doing more harm than good to England. There has already been talk of boycotting British goods. Some may even go as far as smuggling Dutch goods into the colonies. England has ruled passively for too long to suddenly tighten their grip on their territories. This will not end well.Avraham DivorkinTuesday March 4, 1770 I should have listened to my sister Rachael and stayed in New Jersey. Massachusetts is not a safe place for me to live or work. I am one of the few tax collectors who hasn't been scared away. My well being has been threatened several times by a group called the Sons of Liberty. They are a local group of tradesmen that have been organizing...

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