Essay on The United States As A Melting Pot

1565 Words May 19th, 2015 7 Pages
The United States is often described as a “Melting Pot.” 20,000 years ago people began traveling to the Americas from the Beijing Straits. Since the early days of naval exploration, people have been colonizing the land and forming communities with people of similar nationality and culture. The Spanish, English, Dutch, French and Swedish all established small colonies that would one day grow and attract other cultures. African Slaves were brought into Jamestown in 1619. Later, Irish, Chinese, and Eastern European immigrants came searching for new opportunities and freedom. All these waves of new cultures were bound to come with tension and difficulty assimilating into the “American” way of life. The early explorers of the 16th and 17th century paved the way for American life as we know it. Christopher Columbus, while searching for a route to Asia, helped open up trade in America. Though he meant to end up in Japan, and adamantly insisted that he did, he ended up in San Salvador. His later explorations meant to convert the natives to Christianity. He helped settle areas like modern-day Dominica and sighted and named several islands in the Lesser Antilles. England also wanted to settle in America for various reasons. Jamestown was the first permanent English settlement in the Americas. 104 colonists from England gathered in the Virginia colony in hopes of gaining wealth. In 1620, a group of English Protestants searching for religious freedom boarded the Mayflower and set…

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