A very common currency was called the Piece of Eight.  Below is an example of the one from 1755.  This coin could be cut with a sharp blade in half - until it was in eight pieces - called a 2 bit.


There were many "middling" employment opportunities and children could begin apprenticeship around the age of 7.  Some of these skilled labor trades would include book binding, peruke (wig) maker, printing ...

and apothecary/doctor, cobbler, and tavern keeper.

 The Capitol would be one site for the upper society while the Gaul (jail) would be, typically, one site for the lower society ... including the gallows.

The Courthouse would help conduct the day-to-day legal affairs for all classes, sometimes doling out immediate punishment (public humiliation) with the stocks.

And there were strict laws adhered to and enforced by thithingmen.  Laws harshly controlled children's behaviors as well:

"If a man has a stubborn or rebellious son, of sufficient years and understanding,

which will not obey the voice of his Father or the voice of his Mother,

and that when they have chastened him will not hearken unto them:

then shall his Father and Mother being his natural parents, lay hold on him,

and bring him to the Magistrates assembled in Court and testify unto them,

that their son is stubborn and rebellious and will not obey their voice and chastisement,

but lives in sundry notorious crimes, such a son shall be put to death."


Plantation life was hard ... however ... compare the owner's kitchen to the living quarters of a "well-off" slave: