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Name: Tony Verdecia
Age: 13
From: California

Tony Verdecia is 13 years old. He is the middle child in the Verdecia family, the final family to arrive to the Colony.

"I learned so much on this project about colonial life: felling trees, using hatchets and axes; the tides; the wildlife, the nature; the animals, how people lived back then; the social infrastructure; Sabbath rules; laws of the Colony. My greatest achievement on the Colony was working with my dad on our house and hand-crafting a bow."

1628 Profile:
The Verdecias are a farming family with sturdy yeoman roots.

They have sold a modest farm in a Somerset village in order to start a new life across the Atlantic. Their ancestors have lived in Somerset for several generations, so to migrate is no small matter. They leave behind many loved ones, family and friends.

All three of the Verdecia children are hard workers. The eldest daughter, Maddison, still has a few years left in her parents' household before she's expected to marry.

In part, the family hope for a better life. More than that, however, they are increasingly concerned by the social and political unrest and seeming moral decay of England.

A deeply religious couple, David and Debbie believe that the church is in need of reform. They hope that the New World will provide a fresh start for themselves and their three children, far away from the corruption of England.

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Tony reflects on what he's learned while living on the Colony. Watch the video.

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My greatest achievement on the Colony was working with my dad on our house and hand-crafting a bow.

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