The Discovery Of The Americas Essay

1255 Words Sep 18th, 2015 6 Pages
After Columbus ' discovery of the Americas, Spain reaped the benefits of this New World. More than a century later, Europeans finally took an interest in establishing colonies in North America. King James I of England established Jamestown, made up of men from the Virginia Company, in Virginia in 1607. Soon after, England established several new colonies along the Atlantic Coast. While Spain and British colonization efforts both began with the goal of finding new wealth, they differed in their religious aspects and their treatment of the native people. Spain and England were both enticed by the promise of wealth in the New World. Columbus ' discovery and exaggeration of the gold he found led to several other Spanish voyages across the Atlantic Sea. The idea of "God, Gold, and Glory" inspired the conquistadores, including Pizarro and Cortés. For example, Pizarro conquered the Inca Empire and made it a Viceroyalty of Peru, which was a major outpost of Spain. The main purpose of this viceroyalty was to supply Spain with gold and silver. While this venture resulted in wealth, others did not. In 1528, Pánfilo de Narváez went to Tampa Bay with a ship full of men and searched the swamps for gold. Instead of finding treasure, the men began to starve. Nevertheless, the search for gold and other wealth inspired several Spanish voyages and inspired colonization. Similarly, the English were inspired by this promise of gold as well as the Spanish 's success in the New World already,…

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