Weekend Workshops – Colonial Trade


The arrival of European settlers in the Americas in the 15th and 16th centuries created a network of trade and movement across the globe. Spices from Asia traveled west to Europe and were brought across the Atlantic in exchange for “New World” goods, including sugar.  Such exploration had significant impact on Indigenous groups inhabiting North America, and profoundly shaped the evolving cultural heritage of the lands which would eventually become the United States of America. 

On Saturday, October 7, from 11 am to 12 pm, the Wilton Historical Society will explore the exchange of goods that grew quickly after European colonization, and the impacts such trade had on the American Indigenous peoples whom were disrupted and displaced as a result.  Museum Educator Catherine Lipper will use maps and props to talk about the Spice Trade and other global commerce, in addition to participating in a gourd decorating craft inspired by the artistry of Indigenous Peoples. The morning will finish with a snack of homemade spice cake, and blueberries to commemorate North American Indigenous food sources.

Suggested for ages 6-10. Members: $10 per child; Non-members $15 per child.

Please fill out the form below to register or email info@wiltonhistorical.org

Did You Know?
While many of the goods involved in the international spice trade were originally from Asia, four notable ones are native to the Americas: Allspice, Vanilla, Chili Peppers, and Bell Peppers.

This event is generously supported by DIG USA. Their after school and camp programs include soccer, chess, arts and crafts, nerf capture the flag, flag football, Rubik’s cubes and much more!