One becomes and American by forgetting ways or “prejudices” that keep them from receiving a grand position on the “lap of our great Alma Mater.” He writes that the labors performed by the countrymen aid in earning the title freeman. All of the title holders have received ample rewards and benefit from “wanting a vegetative mold.” He believes that the diversity of the freemen here will and should cause tremendous changes to the world. In conclusion Crevecoeur’s essay Letters from an American Farmer portrays his observation and appreciation of the hardworking countrymen that built what is known as America. Every example he chooses to argue shows his analyzation and understanding of the origin of the “land of bread.” Crevecoeur writes “ubi panis ibi patria” meaning place with bread to sum up his essay’s whole direction to convince readers to come and join the new land. All it takes to truly be a freeman is to have perseverance and a “strong
Jefferson obviously had a way with words and when to use them. He was proud of himself and what he did for his nation. Jefferson wrote in his biography that this was his most meaningful impact on his society. Thomas Jefferson’s accomplishments have shaped and moved the American nation into something amazing and great by purchasing the Louisiana Territory, by being friendly and popular with the people, and writing the Declaration of Independence. Purchasing the Louisiana Territory not only gained land the the U.S.A. but also established relationships with the natives that called the Territory home.
Both of these contributed to a more global commerce since new crops could now be introduced to the Old World and silver was highly valued all over the world. The European settlers were aware of the aforementioned facts and took advantage of the rich lands that could be found in the Americas. They farmed extensively, and the Native American techniques for harvesting in difficult land helped them. Furthermore, knowing that South America had rich silver deposits, the mined for the valuable material to export it for profit. This remained mostly unchanged during this time since Europeans had no need to look for other sources of profit.
She feels the Virginia colony built the foundation for the English territory and the formation of America (Skillin par 2). The English had been very successful travelers and maintained a successful colony back home. Kupperman feels the efforts of the English settler should be viewed for their all-around success, not just for the “failures” in colonial America (Skillin par 3). However, these “failures” lead to their achievement as Kupperman believes. Another argument Kupperman presents is, all the other English settlements replicated Jamestown’s ideals.
The mighty empire of Spain had conquered many places during its command for the benefit of their country. The benefits were riches, laborers, crop, land, and missionaries. The areas in which Spain colonized were South America, the Caribbean, and the American Southwest. They colonized these areas to make them their own. Spain wanted to gain a profit and expand their culture through exploring, sending the word of God through missions, and conquering empires for gold.
Panicked,European empires,like Spain and Portugal started financing trips,specifically to India where they had the largest diversity of food,animals and spices known at that time. Once a certain fellow named Christopher Columbus found Hispaniola (modern day Cuba),every European empire reaped the monumental economic benefits that was provided by the Columbian Exchange. The Columbian Exchange promoted trade,specifically the trade of agricultural commodities. It integrated many parts of the world,supplying items to nations that needed goods,and sold items on the marketplace when there was a strong demand.The Dutch were a prime example of nations that benefited from trade,as they assumed control of international trade.In the 50 year period in ,Dutch Conglomerate, Vereenigde Oostindische Compagnie(The Dutch East India Company)held an iron hand on trade,and the people of the Netherlands benefited immensely.Trade led to economic prosperity for many Dutch citizens,and fueled economic activity in the empire,leading the Dutch empire to be able to be as powerful as their rival,the British Empire.The Dutch is just a singular example of how trade strengthened many European empires as they profited off trade,helped stimulate economic activity in empires that needed it and help create high-paying jobs for the citizens that resided in Europe. Agriculture was another economic sector that benefited from the Columbian Exchange ,as the influx of newly discovered agricultural items flooded the marketplace,leaving farmers very wealthy.
2. Reciprocity The concept of reciprocity follows the guidelines of shared profit, and among the earliest Native Americans provided a system of exchange. The encounters between communities that involved reciprocity allowed a development in the lives of said communities that surpassed that of minimalist tribes. Reciprocity was an enduring idea, and remained crucial despite massive differences exhibited by native peoples over the course of time. Such trade benefitted all societies, enabling the simplistic exchange of goods and philosophies that aided in advancement for all Indians.
The Louisiana Purchase was smart move by the United States. In Document A: Alexander Hamilton, it states, “The purchase of New Orleans is essential to the peace and prosperity of out Western country, and opens a free and valuable market to our commercial states.” This means that if it wasn’t for the Louisiana Purchase that the United States wouldn’t be a
When someone mentions European colonization, what is the first thing that would come to a person’s mind? Voluntary and forced migration, the Columbian Exchange, flourishing trade, and the spread of religion from settlers to American Indians are just a few of the most prominent impacts that came from colonization. As will all, there are positives and negatives to all these impacts that were made. The Columbian Exchange brought many new wonderful opportunities to indigenous
The development of the Western Frontier was extremely beneficial to the citizens of the United States. Railroad developments, western settlements, and irrigated land helped to create a strengthened idea of progress in the minds of Americans. Railroads were immensely valuable to the American society of this time. The railroad was the only way to transport goods to the far west. It facilitated the quick transportation of raw materials as well as finished goods from coast to coast.
Cronon’s final conclusion and overarching theme in Changes in the Land was that the ecological alterations made between the 1600’s and 1800’s were directly related to European settlement. I agree with the conclusion made by Cronon because Cronon conveys through his book that the European colonists were greatly motivated by money and used the land as if there was a “limitless availability” (Cronon 169). The land in New England in the eyes of the colonists was simply “a form of capital” (Cronon 169), a way to make a profit leading them to overuse the resources, greatly altering the ecology and depleting resources. The majority of the information in Changes in the Land, and our textbook, Experiencing History: Interpreting America’s Past are equivalent, but it is rather evident that the information is conveyed through different lenses. The lens of Changes in the Land focuses on the Indians and how “their ability to move about the landscape” (Cronon 159), had been “severely constrained” by the actions of the Europeans, and how their life was affected by the settlement.
Bartholomew Diaz’s own motives were, “‘to serve God and His Majesty, to give light to those who are in darkness, and to grow rich as all men desire to do’.” When Vasco da Gama arrived at the port in Calicut, India in 1498 he made his motives clear by saying that he wanted, “‘Christians and Spices.’” Hernando Cortés declared in Mexico, “‘I have come to win gold, not to plow the field like a peasant,’” (page 449). Lastly, Christopher Columbus understood, “Christianity as a missionary religion that should be carried to places where it did not exist.” He says, “‘God made me the messenger of the new heaven and the new earth of which he spoke in the Apocalypse of St. John...and he showed me the post where to find it,’” (page 453). These men all had the main intention of spreading Christianity. The intentionality was to undo Italian and Ottoman’s complete control over the trade with the East, thus opening up more opportunities for the Europeans to
The European conquest on the peoples had a great impact on the ecologies of the Americas, both positive and negative. In the beginning, for example when Francisco Pizarro began his conquest of the most powerful state in the New World, the Incan Empire, he brought many new things. He brought the knowledge of utilization of domestic animals, such as cattle and horses, to be beneficial to the whole society. The knowledge of using their muscle to capitalize on productivity of farmland, something that the Incas never had. James Diamond supports this by showing the great geographical advantages that the Europeans, especially the Spanish, had to their Incan counterparts.