Essay about Colonization of America

801 Words Mar 9th, 2005 4 Pages
When the Europeans had discovered America, the possibilities for them were endless. Although mistakenly discovered, it greatly aroused the curiosity of many European explorers. There were new opportunities for them to expand, and in more than just one way. Chances to spread religion, boost their economy, and help themselves politically. As soon as Columbus returned, the pope issued a decree saying the world itself was an inheritance of Christianity. Spain and Portugal, the two main Christian powers at the time, set out to spread Christianity all across the world following the Treaty of Tordesillas in 1494. What better place to start then with the new found land of the Americas. As soon as the Europeans figured out a reason, they began …show more content…
The English had expanded their coastal colonies and maintained steady control along the way. Spain was able to establish control through the Gulf of Mexico, conquering tribes such as the Aztecs, and gained much prestige and wealth along the way. France, the third of the three large European nations colonizing America, attempted to make themselves allies with Native Americas for support in helping them expand. King Louis XIV of France was able to centralize the monarchy's power like never before, and strengthened everything in preparation for further colonization in America. Eventually the three would bump heads, and when King William III took the throne in 1689, supplied the Iroquois with weapons to fight the French, widespread war broke out. When King Carlos II of Spain fell ill, Louis XIV saw it as a good opportunity to press against the Spanish. With constant change in the political scene for the colonizing nations, disagreements and daring attempts to expand arose and warfare became inevitable. Economic causes were pretty obvious to the Europeans at the time to further navigate and expand their colonies into America. When word came back from the explorations of the new world, excitement and curiosity broke out all across European ports. Novelties and valuable information from the voyages proved useful and created a large amount of profits. Several profitable staple crops, tobacco being one, were eventually introduced into the slowly growing economy.

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