European Colonization Effects

1222 WordsNov 20, 20175 Pages
In the past, European countries came to the Americas looking to build their empire and gain power. They were competing to be the most powerful country and improve their economic lives. In the drive to be the most powerful European country, they started colonizing the Americas. The effects of colonization were reflected in different groups of people. Some effects were bad and some ere good. There are different perspectives about colonization. Some people think that the colonization was a great event that happened to the Americans and Europeans. However, as Murrin’s article states and in my opinion the European colonies in the Americas were not completely positive development and affected them in various ways. Colonization was almost a…show more content…
70.) “England established its first permanent colony on the Atlantic seaboard of North America at Jamestown in 1607.” (Early American Slavery in the Colonies…, 2007) Colonists were looking for people to work on their farms. It emerged in Virginia and some British colonies; they desired a labor force that could operate the agricultural demands, tobacco at that time. Those servants could complete their term, be freed and own some land. In 1619, African slavery was introduced into the British colonies by the Dutch. African immigrants did not come voluntarily. Slaves suffered a lot with the creation of colonies because they were similar to servants, but they did not receive a payment and they did not have “freedom dues”;their term would never end and they could not own land. Colonists also forced the slaves to become Christians even though that did not change their status. They threatened their liberty. African Slaves were treated with racism. Another of the groups that suffered the colonization era were the Indians. “The settlers arrived on the East Coast of North America.” (Learning English, 2012.) When colonists arrived in the Americas, they thought about the Indians as an inferior race. As Columbus states in his journal, “They should be good and intelligent servants, for I see that they say very quickly
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