The Discovery And Creation Of The United States Of America Essay

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America was built upon dreams with many layers to its story. Its society is a “melting pot”, where the discovery of new cultures and societies, bringing their own languages, customs, traditions, religions and beliefs, made us who we are today. It is a country built on the ideals of freedom and liberty. With any new idea though, come trials and tribulations. The discovery and creation of the United States of America was no exception to this rule.
The “New World” was not as new as originally thought. This land already had its original settlers, who crossed from Asia to North America using the now submerged land bridge some 15,000 to 40,000 years earlier. The Indian societies, both north and south, had already developed some of the land, building roads, irrigation systems and trade routes.
In the fifteenth century, caravels and navigation tools such as the compass and quadrant made sailing along the African coast possible. (Foner, 14) As the search for gold brought more explorers, trade posts were established and sugar plantations cultivated with slave labor, a practice already established, for the Portuguese prior to the arrival of other Europeans. In 1492, King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella provided financial support to Christopher Columbus for exploration of new worlds. That same year he discovered Hispaniola, an island in the Caribbean. It was Amerigo Vespucci though; who would sail to the coast of what would become America. By 1497, many more joined the…

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