The First Age Of Colonization Essay

1447 Words Oct 6th, 2015 6 Pages
The first age of colonization, puts a spotlight on the birth of European exploration of the Americas and the peoples who inhabited them. Numerous countries of Europe sent adventurers to explore, with primary intentions to discover resources, to trade, and spread Catholicism to the “uncivilized” natives of the areas. Spain, after the Reconquista, started their golden age. After Columbus’ discovery of the new world, explorers and treasure ships made their way to the Americas. The Spanish conquest through South America was a huge success in terms of Spanish influence, power, and economy. Further north in Europe, the French, chose to live amongst the natives in harmony through trade, while also sharing their religious beliefs with them. Arriving late to the New World in the early 17th century, the British relationship with the natives were strained due to them pressing further inland upon native land. In order to further their amount of wealth, the British relied on the exportation of cash crops, and in order to keep up with supply, was necessary keep pace with supply. As the race for territory in the Americas ensued, natives, the “fruits”, and the slaves, both foreign and domestic, were all dealt with differently by each country. Castile and Aragon, the two monarchs of Spain during the age of exploration, had accomplished complete religious unity, after the Spanish Reconquista. The country was not only stable, but it was a European power during the 16th century. The discovery…

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