Discover what life was like in the 1700s, Pre-Industrial Revolution before the widespread use of fossil fuels.
Students explore life before the Industrial Revolution, and the tasks people had to perform daily without today’s conveniences. Using stories, research, and creative writing skills students will gain insight into life before cars, machines and the widespread use of fossil fuels.
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Before the Industrial Revolution most people lived in rural agrarian areas or small villages. Travel was difficult and time consuming, so most people did not go far from home. Animals and people were used to farm fields, mill grain and wash clothing. Energy to cook and keep warm/cool was mostly wood, peat, dried dung, straw and the use of the natural elements like wind and sun.
Before the Industrial Revolution, European immigration to North America was low, and most settlers were farmers or relied on natural resources like the fur trade. Indigenous, First Nations and Inuit communities would have lived predominantly traditional lifestyles but were affected by European settlement and diseases. Slavery, while less common, existed in Canada until the Slavery Abolition Act in 1833.
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