- from 13 Colonies
It only took a few generations for colonial towns to grow. Scattered settlements became busy cities with strong economies. Many features of these towns were like those the colonists had known in Europe.
Towns had courthouses, coffee houses, and post offices. They had churches, markets, shops, colleges, and harbors. Weapons were stored in a magazine, or armory. In the meetinghouse, people talked about local laws and issues. Roads connected the towns. People traveled and traded between colonies. A place that could sometimes be harsh and scary had become home.