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AMERICAN ARCHITECTURE CLASS RESEARCH PROJECT - HISTORY 111 SPRING SEMESTER, 2010 DUE DATE: MARCH 24, 2010 INTRODUCTION: It seems that one Englishman who visited the struggling settlement of Jamestown, Virginia in the early 17th century felt compelled to offer the following observations: "THEIR HOWSES ARE GENERALLY THE WORST THAT EVER I SAWE.YE MEANEST COTTAGES IN ENGLAND BEINGE EVERY WAYE EQUAL, IF NOT SUPERIOR, WITH YE MOST OF THE BESTE." Who could argue with him? In the early days of settlement, the first houses were nothing more than crude huts, dug into the ground and covered over with mud, turf, and branches. The colonials were resourceful, though, and it was not long before these primitive shelters were replaced with better dwellings, basically recreations and adaptations of the homes they left behind. By mid century, colonial houses began to take on regional characteristics as settlers of different nationalities established themselves in particular sections of first the colonies and later, the new United States. From New England to Louisiana, cultural customs were transplanted, but also climate, geography, and economic conditions contributed to the type and
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