In an experiment to experience the realities of life in colonial America, seventeen people in 2004 participated in a reenactment to build a settlement on the New England coast in a similar scenario to settlers of the year 1628. In this video segment from Colonial House, modern day colonists struggle to build homes, grow crops and fight frequent illness caused by exhaustion and exposure to cold. They also have to establish relationships with the native Passamaquoddy people in order to gain the seed needed to plant a corn crop. There are fears exhibited by both sides when the colonists and the Passamaquoddy people first meet.
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