French Settlers -
- The earliest homes were built of upright logs,
preferably cedar, set about 3 feet deep into the ground. Stone was
used later for some foundations and houses. Often porches wrapped
around 4 sides.
- Houses were about 36' long and 20' wide and had
1 to 5 rooms, including a commons room where cooking was
- Later houses were whitewashed and shutters were
added to protect precious windowpanes.
- Other buildings near the house were the stable,
the slave quarters, the henhouse, and the pigpen--all surrounded by
a picket fence.
Image: Victor Collot, Voyage dans
l'Amérique du Nord, Paris, 1826
How do they compare? Native
Americans | French Settlers | African Slaves
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