Christopher Columbus 's New World Essay

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Christopher Columbus set out from the Spanish port of Palos on August 3, 1492. Keeping in mind that the earth is round, Columbus hoped to sail west until he reached Asia, speeding up the trading process between Spain and the Spice Islands exponentially. Although he never did reach Asia like he had intended, he opened up an entire continent to the Eastern world. That was the beginning of the world we know today.
News spread quickly about the “New World.” Columbus, of course, didn’t stumble upon a completely barren continent. Tribes of Native Americans inhabited the continent and didn’t always take lightly to the newcomers. In June of 1606 King James I granted a charter to a group of London entrepreneurs to establish a settlement in the Chesapeake region of North America. They were called the Virginia Company. By December, 104 people sailed from London. They were instructed to settle Virginia, find gold and seek to find a water route to the Orient. On May 14, 1607 the Virginia Company landed on Jamestown Island. They established the Virginia English colony on the banks of the James River. (The English weren’t known for their creative names.) Almost immediately after landing, the settlers were attacked by their new enemy, the Algonquin natives. With disease, famine and continuing attacks from the Algonquin people, the settlers had a tough time setting up a stable foundation for a civilization. Other native tribes would occasionally offer their help in return for glass beads and…

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