Colonization History

Colonization History - ENGL 1600 Unit 1 Writing Assignment...

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ENGL 1600 Unit 1 Writing Assignment 1. The early settlements were established by several different countries in different parts of America. The French settled along the St. Lawrence River, the Swedish settled along the Delaware River, and the Dutch settled along the Hudson River. The Germans and Scotch-Irish inhabited what is now Pennsylvania and New York, and the Spanish settled in what is now Florida. The French, although one of the first, ended up having very little influence on what is now the United States. The reason that England was slower to colonize North America is that the country was small and not very wealthy. They were preoccupied with the rebellion going on in Wales, Ireland, and Scotland, and they did not want to risk losing a lot of money. Even though England was slow to inhabit the colonies, the vast majority of cultural influence eventually came from them. While some countries pursued colonies in America purely to gain wealth (as Spain did), the majority of colonists came to the New World because they were seeking religious freedom. This caused the colonies to grow because a growing number of Protestants, Separatists, and Puritans came to America so they could practice religion as they pleased with no interference from their home country. Also, after the colonists overcame certain obstacles (such as mountains, harsh wilderness,
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This note was uploaded on 05/04/2008 for the course ENGL 1600 taught by Professor Purcell during the Spring '07 term at Colorado.

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Colonization History - ENGL 1600 Unit 1 Writing Assignment...

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