The Origins Of The Early Atlantic World Essay

1420 Words Sep 27th, 2016 6 Pages
The history of the early Atlantic world is one of interactions between very different societies: Western Europeans, Africans, and Indigenous Americans. Prior to the dawn of exploration, each of these societies functioned in a largely independent state of the others, and thus developed strikingly different forms of culture, language, religion, and customs. Due to these broad differences, exploration and colonization often led to conflict, and sometimes the complete annihilation of a societal group. Conflict was driven primarily by misunderstanding, while cooperation was driven by cultural curiosity which later evolved into real interest in learning more about how others live. Even if interest was driven by the novelty of purchasing goods from far off and exotic places, it still marks a crucial point in developing a globally cooperative economy. Despite a widespread pattern of conflict and abuse, the exploration and exchanges that occurred during the early period of Atlantic history proved to be invaluable learning processes by spreading ideas, goods, and people around the world. The learning that occurred between Europeans, Africans, and Native Americans ultimately defined the context in which they interacted with one another, and serves as an early precursor to the highly globalized world that we live in today. The most common view of examining the Atlantic world is one of extreme exploitation: expansionist Europeans driven by mercantilist and religious fervor, dominating…

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