Textbooks were scarce but all contained the essentials to better one's self for the times ahead.
Computers were still about three-hundred years away and about the closest thing to Google was probably the almanac. I wonder how many people today know what an almanac is? (Whoops there I go again...my English teacher said, "Never end a sentence with a preposition." Well that's one sentence I don't believe in. [ LOL ] )
Well for those that do not know, an almanac is a book or pamphlet that you can look up things such as the weather and what its going to be like for the coming spring growing season. Or maybe you want to know when the sun will rise tomorrow morning. Of course all this information was based on historical data that someone recorded for future best-guess scenarios.
Now without using your calculator (Stephen didn't even have the word calculator in his dictionary in those days.) We are going to see if you are smarter than a fifth grader, so here's the problem. Are you ready? From the historical archives here it is:
"If you buy a pasture sufficient to summer 15 oxen and 20 young creatures and give 700£ for it, how long will be before you make the money you gave, if you have 3£ per head for summering the creatures?"*When you finish your homework get ready for battle...the eve of the revolution is upon us.
* Source: The Minutemen and Their World - Robert A. Gross - 1976