Building Our Nation One Conflict At A Time Analysis

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Building Our Nation, One Conflict At A Time

Imagine being on a ship for months, traveling to a land thousands of miles away from your home, waters rocking you back and forth, food supply getting scarce. Beginning to wonder if you will ever reach your destination, finally, there it is. In the year of 1620 youre just feet away from your new home; bringing unimaginable trials, triumphs, and possibly even some interesting friends. Many people believe the British travelled to The New World merely on account of exploration. Although that is partly true, there is much more to it than that. Most either believed they were sailing toward freedom of worship, a way to receive glory, or hoped this “new world” would be well stocked with gold.

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They usually just consisted of fights over land or similar quarrels. A perfect example would be that which occurred in Jamestown, a colony established in 1607. Established for the sole purpose of finding gold, Jamestown was funded by the Virginia Company. Not knowing much about farming, many of the colonists died of starvation. The Powhatan tribe took pity on the Englishmen and decided to offer them food in order to survive. Jamestown is one of the most well-known first colonies and is even the subject of a twisted version of it’s founding in a Disney film, titled Pocahontas after the daughter of chief Powhatan. When the Indians gave the colonists permission to live on certain parts of land, the colonists saw it as a right to permanently own the land. However, the Indians did not believe any man should be able to own native lands. As Powhatan became angrier at the stealing of land and food, war began to outbreak between the Indians and colonists and continued throughout the seventeenth century. The first major Indian uprising took place in Virginia in 1622, which resulted in the death of 347 whites. The Pequot War soon followed on account of tribes attempting to prevent new settlements in Connecticut River. Furthermore, settlers were moving farther into the forest, killing the game and causing Indians to go hungry. These Indians had to decide whether they should go to war with the settlers or move and risk battling other western tribes for land. Such events continued, almost always resulting in defeat or further loss of land on the Indians’

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