Jamestown Summary

Jamestown Summary - Jamestown Summary Analysis The Big Picture Who What When Where(Especially Why The Race for Empire By 1600 England was lagging

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The Race for Empire By 1600, England was lagging far behind in the European race for empire. Spain had followed Christopher Columbus's epic voyage of 1492 with a massive campaign of colonization and exploitation in the New World. Within a century, Spain had built a complex empire stretching from the tip of South America into the southern regions of the present-day United States. The gold and silver pouring in from Spanish territories drove Spain's entire economy and financed its massive navy. The political and religious turmoil that erupted from the tumultuous rein of Henry VIII was a large reason England lagged behind. But with the ascendance of the cagy Elizabeth I to the throne in 1558, England began to put its political house in order—and began to dream of empire. England's imperial visionaries looked enviously at Spain while concocting their plans. Most prominent among these was Richard Hakluyt the younger. A clergyman, geographer, and advocate of English expansion, he assumed that enormous wealth still awaited discovery in the New World. Hakluyt suggested that America offered a cornucopia of natural resources that could be turned into valuable goods by English skilled craftsmen and Indian laborers, working side by
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This note was uploaded on 01/04/2012 for the course AMH AMH2010 taught by Professor Pietrzak during the Fall '10 term at Broward College.

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Jamestown Summary - Jamestown Summary Analysis The Big Picture Who What When Where(Especially Why The Race for Empire By 1600 England was lagging

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