In the newly discovered Americas in the 16th century first order making chairs. The European encounter indigenous tribes of the Americas usually included invasion, domination and assimilation which of course what's an exhausting process for all concerned. So the first thing the conquistadores needed was somewhere to sit. The first chairs made in Colonial America were very basic straight legged, straight back with the simplest construction imaginable. As tastes developed, time permitted and local pressed into service making furniture. European and local styles of chairs developed quite rapidly ask colonization progressed. Indigenous peoples became the local furniture makers and carpenters even if chairs were commissioned in the European styles the local artisans injected their own heritage into the form and the design of the commission pieces. Creating a combination of european and ethnic style which resulted in Distortion of scale, finishes and techniques. Hence the advent of "Colonial Style" becomes its own thing and developed from the 16th to the early 19th century becoming more and more sophisticated as the centuries wore on and continuing the melange of styles from the Spanish, Portuguese and Dutch colonist. There was also an Asian influence thrown in, which developed from the Acapulco to Manila to Seville Trade Route which flourished from 1585 to 1820.