The Peopling of America Questions Essay

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The Peopling of America Questions 1. Why do you think the Virginians were incapable of feeding themselves--when the Indians were able to grow corn, the woods were filled with game, and the rivers were covered with geese and filled with fish? I feel that the Virginians were incapable of feeding themselves because they weren’t familiar with the land or how to grow the crops. They also didn’t have a good relationship with the Indians like the people of Plymouth started out having, and if they did the Indians could have showed them how to take care of themselves. 2. Why did these individuals migrate to the New World? To have a fresh start away from England and all of their absurd laws and restrictions on religion. They were tired…show more content…
There was a lot more violence between the colonists and Indians in the Chesapeake than in the Northern colonies. 3. Why might women have had a shorter life expectancy than men? I think women had a shorter life expectancy because their bodies went through more suffering than the men since they had to endure child birth. Child birth could lead to sickness and infections and all sorts of other things that the men wouldn’t be exposed to. ----- 1. How does the growth of the colonial population compare to the growth of the American population today? The growth rate was only at 3.5% back then where as today it must be triple that, or more. Also our population today grows much faster due to medicine for diesaes and such. 2. What were the major contributors to the growth of the colonial population? The declining mortality rate had an impact on the population since more people were surviving. 3. What factors may have contributed to the decline in fertility after 1800? ----- 1. How many slaves were imported into the American colonies and the United States? 459,822 slaves were imported into the colonies and 44,207 to Virginia. 2. Which country imported the greatest number of slaves? British carribean 3. Construct an explanation of why the United States, which imported a relatively small number of slaves from Africa, had by far the largest black population in the New World by l820? Even though they imported a small amount
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