Although Christopher Columbus is popularly considered to be the foremost pioneer of Renaissance Euro

Although Christopher Columbus is popularly considered to be the foremost pioneer of Renaissance Euro

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Although Christopher Columbus is popularly considered to be the foremost pioneer of  Renaissance European exploration in the Western Hemisphere, he spent most of his  time in the Caribbean islands and never actually reached the mainland of what is today  the United States of America. The eastern seaboard of the continent, which had  previously been visited by Scandinavian Vikings between the eleventh and thirteenth  centuries, proved resistant to settlement and remained largely unexplored until the later  stages of the sixteenth century. Whereas the Spanish made inroads in the southern and western portions of the  American continent, and the French advanced into the interior, the English concentrated  their early colonial efforts along the Atlantic coast. Even before the well-known journey  of the Mayflower and the establishment of the Massachusetts Bay Colony, the English 
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Unformatted text preview: had another plan for settlement in the form of the Virginia Company. Named after Queen Elizabeth I in honor of her long-time chastity, Virginia was a vast area of land that covered a significant portion of the present-day Southeastern United States, stretching to the Mississippi River and, by some claims, beyond. Early publicity for the colony was drummed up by adventurer Sir Walter Ralegh and Thomas Harriot, whose Briefe and True Report of the New Found Land of Virginia, first published in 1588, was meant to encourage widespread enthusiasm for the venture. These early efforts were frustrated by poor organization and harsh living conditions, and it wasnt until several years later that a viable settlement was finally established....
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This note was uploaded on 12/28/2011 for the course HIST 101 taught by Professor Womer during the Fall '08 term at Texas State.

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