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Dallon Warnick SURVEY OF UNITED STATES HISTORY – C121; TASK 1 A)The colonization of America was a very high risk, high reward scenario for England. After failing in their first attempt with the disaster of Roanoke, England had to be careful in their approach to settle in the new land. Economic profits were a big factor in England wanting to colonize America. America brought the exciting opportunity in searching for gold, spices and other precious materials that they could bring back to their home land for economic gain. Another big political factor was the effort to compete with other nations for land. France and Spain were quickly claiming the American soil as their own. This put more pressure on England for quick colonization if they wanted to be able to stake their share of the new land.In addition to the political motivators there were some social reasons for the expansion of England. England had a rapidly growing population during the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. The growing population led to a weakened economy. The job market was flooded causing high unemployment and lower wages. Increased population also led to lower supply of food and an unsustainable inflation rate on goods. Second social reason for expansion was for greater religious freedom. During the reign of King Henry VIII religion was strongly monitored. The Church of England was being forced onto the people. This acted as a big motivator for others wanting to practice their beliefs freely to head to the new land. B)
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