• Creator
  • Illinois Heritage Association
  • Created Date
  • 6-26-00
  • Description
  • The commons, an open area of Old Sturbridge Village in Massachusetts, were laid out with buildings grouped around the edges. In the New England colonies, as in the French settlements in the American Bottom, commons were areas set aside for communal use, grazing domestic animals, gathering wood, and hunting. Both arose from medieval customs in England, but while the French continued to farm in narrow strips, in New England the farmers tilled th... more
    The commons, an open area of Old Sturbridge Village in Massachusetts, were laid out with buildings grouped around the edges. In the New England colonies, as in the French settlements in the American Bottom, commons were areas set aside for communal use, grazing domestic animals, gathering wood, and hunting. Both arose from medieval customs in England, but while the French continued to farm in narrow strips, in New England the farmers tilled their land in square plots at the edge of town. The early French homes were laid out in rows at the end of the strips (long lots), but later, as in New England, they were clustered together for mutual protection. French in Illinois; Communities and Geography; World Environments; Celebrations and Festivals; Governing Ourselves; Settling in the Midwest. 16 History; 17 Geography; 18 Social systems. less
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