Introduction Paragraph What If money and spices had not had any importance to Queen Isabella and King Ferdinand of Spain? What if they had no intentions of financing a voyage for Christopher Columbus in 1492? How would America differentiate from the country we live in today? Columbus showed us that there was a new world and that our world was not flat, but round. The colonist who migrated to North America, did not come here for one specific reason, but a variety of factors.
1. England came to settle in America due to financial reasons, for power, for land, and for religious freedom. Unlike England, Spain came to settle in America for the conversion of Catholicism, control of the native population and cultural assimilation. According to the book Of the People, Spain came to North America for the same reasons they explored in Mexico like gold and spread of religion, “In the southeast, the Spanish never found the great sought-after cities of gold resembling the Aztec capitals” (pg.23). Spain began its exploration in North America with Christopher Columbus.
They were part of the Anglican religion. Those in Massachusetts were puritans and looking for a place where they would be free from religious persecution. Wealthy people who could afford the boat journey and did not have to become indentured slaves went for a more settled life. In 1616 John Rolfe imported tobacco seeds to Virginia, as the plants needed long and hot humid seasons. The first people who were granted the right of possessing land authorized the people to cultivate worn out land and grow better crops, as tobacco depletes minerals and nutrients from the ground.
They mostly practiced religion, farming, and trade. The main motivation was to generate profit for the mother country of England. The socioeconomic factors in North America from the early 1600s to the 1770s that lead to their ultimate rebellion against the mother country and their declaration of independence was enlightenment and great awakening, taxation without representation, and the chain of events during the mid-1700s including the Battle of Lexington and Concord and the Boston tea party. It was not a surprise that religion was a key factor in the social life of the colonies during the 1600s and 1700s. Some of the colonies were founded based on religion and some were against it.
Europe 's government greatly demanded spices and gold from Asia, so they tried to find a water route to Asia. Columbus sailed towards what he thought was Asia, but instead found America. During the voyage, there was a risk of no winds, unknown weather, and shortages of supplies. When Columbus saw land, he anchored all of the ships and headed for land. Columbus named the new island San Salvador, and started exploring the fairly tropical area.
The British population in North America was rapidly growing, hence they required more land to settle the new populace, and more resources to feed and clothe them. Neither the British nor the French had any settlers in the land but the British required the land for a place to settle their booming population and the French want to protect their economy, in the trade from the Indians. Both looked at the Ohio River lands as land which could be, as if it belonged to no one. But this was untrue as the Ohio River Indians had been living on this land for a long time. As historian Fredrick Jackson Turner claims in his ‘Frontier Thesis’ “[the] idealistic conception of vacant lands as an opportunity for a new order of things is unmistakably present” here he also describes the attitude of the French and the British by saying that “never again will such gifts [such as] free land offer themselves.” , causing the kindling of Native American discontent to
The original colonists that arrived at Jamestowne forged a wreck in the society and a collapse in the economy. Rather than aiming their intention at actually forming a state, they hunted for wealth that was nowhere.Their misguided assumptions held on as they bounced into la la land. However, the economic boom that Virginia later experienced didn’t occur because of gold. As a result, Jamestowne settlers experimented with cultivation, vineyard, silkworms and even glassblowing. Despite their numerous attempts to establish a reliable and diverse economy, only one crop was going to build Virginia 's economy ; tobacco.
For centuries countries have gone out to collect colonies to increase their income, and power. In 1750, the Spaniards, and the Portuguese set up colonies in South America. The Europeans colonized the land for centuries throughout that time very few of them noted the tragedies of customs, and histories they were destroying. While many sought to "" help the Native Americans they didn 't realize that without allowing them to grow on their own they hindered their own growth. Assisting someone, and pushing them towards your path are different.
An Economic Interpretation of the Constitution of the United States was written by Charles Beard in 1913 and describes Beards opinion on the Constitution of the United States at an economic standpoint. Beard believes the constitution was written by rich landholders who wanted their land to be protected. In order for their land to be protected, the lower class would be expensed. He found out that many land owners had “personalty” which is extra land to the West, trading stocks and other money related items. Beard claimed the slaveholders or higher class were not influenced by philosophy, instead just wanting money for themselves and not thinking of the classes below them.
More authoritarian governments, such as monarchies, have been notorious throughout history for not being particularly fond of giving people such freedom. It is no secret that Christianity was the primary religion of the time during the 16th and 17th Centuries throughout the European subcontinent. The Spanish monarchy were dead set on spreading Christianity all throughout the “New World” Columbus discovered. This was one of the primary reasons that Columbus was able to accrue enough funds to take part in such an expedition. Bartolome las Casas mentions this theory of Christianization in his
They often used trickery and used illness to their advantage. With a civil war going on in England during the mid 1600’s, and its successes, the English desire to relocate to the Americas decreased. New England’s economy depended on these immigrations, and with the decrease of settlers, the economy had to thrive on something else, and it did. A new economy based on the merchant class flourished. Puritan communities where well ordered communities.
One of the major reasons that we have spices, tobacco, sugar, etc. and certain luxury items is due largely to the Afro-Eurasian trade world that took place in the fifteenth century. In comparison to the East in the Afro-Eurasian trade world, “Europe was constituted a minor outpost in the world trading system,” (page 447). They were constituted as a minor outpost mainly because “they did not produce many products [that were] desired by Eastern elites,” (page 447). Political and technological advancements allowed for both individual European explorers and the states that supported them to be able to go beyond the borders of their country to locate luxury goods, promote Christianity, and to be a discoverer of new lands and waters.
How indeed, did the colonies win the war, against a country that had so many advantages over them? The American Revolution was spurred by the colonists’ desire for freedom from Britain. In that time, Britain had become passing ridiculous acts and taxing the settlers without consent. Not only that, but Britain sent troops overseas to help keep the settlers paying their taxes. Before the war, America had no navy, or an organized army.