The Spanish, French, and English Colonization.

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The Spanish, French, and English Colonization

Have you ever wondered where why the many different countries in Europe came to America to explore and colonize? There were two main concepts that drew the Europeans to America: the excitement and profit of the "New World", and the past histories of their countries. The English, French, and Spanish each came to the Americas in search of a new beginning; a fresh start in which they could escape past torment and capture new wealth. However, each motive defined the character of each settlement.

With the inventions of more efficient ships and the perfection of navigational instruments, the Spanish (as well as England and France) gained a curiosity to explore and find a way to Asia by water and
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You shall judge of the good air by the people; for some part of that coast where the lands are low, have their people blear eyed and with swollen bellies and legs; but if the naturals he strong and clean make, it is a true sign of a wholesome soil."#

This displays a very important objective of the English colonists that they wanted to be successful; possibly even an imitation of Spain and their achievements.

These statements suggest that the English didn't come to the Americas simply to plunder gold and riches from the native Indians. As stated in A People and a Nation, "Unlike the Spanish, other European nations did not immediately start to colonize the coasts their sailors had explored. They were interested in exploiting the natural wealth of the region, not in conquering territories."# However, the English did, at times, exploit the Indians for their profit. Actually, they came to America for a number of reasons, but mainly to escape religious persecution and seek a new start in the world. People whom were mere peasants in England, and possessed no land, would soon become owners of many acres of their very own property.

In England, trades grew poor due to the inability to trade with Spain due to religious separation. During the early 16th century, King Henry
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