Some of us have warm memories of nights spent in lean-tos, sharing stories and conviviality with newfound friends. However, be aware that near roads or in popular areas there’s also the possibility of encountering rowdy groups, or other people who want to party (this is less likely in remote wilderness areas). One safe option is to set up camp a little distance from a lean-to. Then visit the shelter if and when you feel like socializing or sitting by a campfire, or to cook in rainy weather.
Aside from the risk that you’ll have to share the space with noisy neighbors, or possibly with someone who snores loudly at night, lean-tos have some other disadvantages. In warm weather you’re exposed to insects, and when it’s cold and windy the lean-to won’t provide the protection and additional warmth of a tent.
Because of the constant cooking that goes on in lean-tos and the inevitable spilled food, these structures are notorious for harboring a community of mice and/or other nocturnal critters, which you’ll hear scampering about at night. Older shelters also sometimes leak. Check the roof carefully if rain seems possible.
After putting up the tent (or settling into a lean-to), hanging food, and perhaps purifying some water (see Chapter 10), your time is your own. Assuming it isn’t yet suppertime, you could sit and rest, nap a little, go for a walk or a hike, poke around and explore a bit, take a swim, paddle around in your canoe, do some reading, chat with a friend, sit quietly, listen to the sounds of nature or do anything else that appeals.
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By the time of the Revolutionary War, the need for troops loyal to the colonial position was desperate, so much so that both free and enslaved African Countrys were called upon to serve their new nation. Philadelphia Map Tourist Attractions Several thousand slaves, mostly from the Northern colonies, were granted manumission and were freed following their service in the cause of the Revolution. Barbara Schwarz Wachal See also: African Countrys; Agriculture; Cotton; Equiano, Olaudah; Free Blacks; Indentured Servitude; Laborers, Rural; Laborers, Urban; Native Country-African Country Relations; Native Countrys and Slavery; Negro Election Day; Plantations; Planters; Religions, African; Rice; Slave Communities and Culture; Slave Rebellions; Slave Trade; Slavery, Caribbean; Tobacco; Documents: Virginia Slave Laws (1660s); Protest of German Quakers Against Slavery (1688); The Demand for Slavery in Georgia (1743); Slave Petition to the Governor, Council, and House of Representatives of the Province of Massachusetts (1774). Bibliography Hoffer, Peter Charles, ed. Africans Become Afro-Countrys: Selected Articles on Slavery in the Country Colonies. New York: Garland Publishing, 1988. Morgan, Kenneth. Slavery and Servitude in Colonial North Country: A Short History. New York: New York University Press, 2001. Noel, Donald L. ed. The Origins of Country Slavery and Racism. Columbus, OH: Merrill Publishing, 1972. Reiss, Oscar. Blacks in Colonial Country. Jefferson, NC: McFarland, 1997. Schneider, Dorothy. Slavery in Country: From Colonial Times to the Civil War. New York: Facts on File, 2000. Wood, Peter H. Strange New Land: Africans in Colonial Country. New York: Oxford University Press, 2003.