So settlers of New England, New York, the Jerseys, Pennsylvania, and the southern colonies brought their tools with them and, as soon as they had houses in which to live, began making tables, chairs, beds, chests, and other essential furnishings. The same condition applied when colonizing penetrated inland, and continued as migration broke through the mountain barrier into the virgin western lands starting with the late eighteenth century.
What was made by the first settlers in each succeeding wave of development was crude, and most of it was discarded just as soon as better pieces were obtainable from the hands of men who were cabinetmakers. Some of these had mastered their craft in the Old World; others were native sons, American trained. In either case, what they made not only had an American flavor distinct from the furniture produced on the other side of the Atlantic at the same time, but the cabinetmaking craftsmen of the various sections developed regional characteristics of design and workmanship.