European Motives For Colonization Were Different For Each European Nation

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The European motivations for colonization were different for each European Nation. Motivations included finding gold, preventing others from spreading, gaining wealth, gaining political advantage and to spread religion and ideas to the New World. In the Spanish, French and English expansion, each European Nation’s approach was different causing the failure of the French and the English, and leaving the Spanish as the only country to successfully establish colonization in the New World although the Spain’s success was the inspiration for the expansion of the other European Nations.
The Spanish motivations mostly comprised of their search for gold. The colonization of the New World was not focused on actual settlements. The Spanish did not care much about the land or the people living in these new places (Goldfield, The American Journey, 18). The result was the violent takeover of the land. Originally landing on the edge of Mexico, the Spanish first met the Aztecs. With the Spanish’s advanced technology, the Spanish forces easily conquered gaining the gold and riches sought out. The reason for this victory was not only the weapon advancement but also the large number of Spanish compared to the natives. With this initial victory the Spanish were inspired to venture further into North America and conquering the Inca Empire. With the expansion towards Florida, the Spanish caused an attack by the Apalachee Indians. In a publication of this account Cabeza de Vaca claimed “the…

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