play2.jpgNew in Town

February 21, 1770
Playing Time:15-20 minutes


Nat begins his apprenticeship with Mr. Edes. His first task is to sell at least three ads for the Gazette and pick up a shipment of type from Griffin’s Wharf. He may meet a variety of people around town, including merchants, a Redcoat, a ship worker from the West Indies named Solomon Fortune, and the historical figures Paul Revere and Phillis Wheatley. He also meets Royce Dillingham, a Patriotic apprentice at the ropewalk, and Constance Lillie, niece of loyalist merchant Theophilus Lillie, who is searching for her lost dog Thimble.

Key Vocabulary

  • Redcoat
  • Artisan
  • Freedman
  • Slave
  • Slavery
  • Patriot
  • Loyalist
  • Merchant

Pre-Game Activities:

Remind students about points of view, covered in the prologue activity.

Play the Game


Post Game Assessment

This is an ad that appeared in a Boston newspaper in 1770. The text at the top introduces the list of men that follows by saying that they boldly go against the united feelings of the merchants of America because they continue to bring in British goods for sale in America. Notice that Mr. Lillie, Constance’s uncle, is on the list. Imagine yourself as a shoe store owner today. A group of people resents that you import the shoes and sneakers you sell from Asia. They feel that you should only sell things made in America. In addition to not buying in your store, they take out an ad on TV in order to embarrass you, and to let others know what you are doing. Is this fair? Should they have the right to hurt your feelings and your business in this way? Explain your reasoning.

Choose one: