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  1. Introduction
  2. The success of the conquests
  3. France's colonization of America
  4. England's colonization of America
  5. Lasting effects of the early colonists
  6. Conclusion
  7. Bibliography

Christopher Columbus reportedly discovered America in 1492 while he was searching for a new route to the Indies. At this time Europe had just recently emerged from the Middle Ages, and was experiencing an age of enlightenment. The idea behind the enlightenment was that a better world could be built by human reason. Ideas of exploration, expansion, and colonization were finally commended, because they supported the movement of intellectual growth arising in this era. The developing logic of the Enlightenment allowed America to at last be acknowledged for all the economic opportunities that it held as well as the opportunities to spread religion and culture, develop military, and overall expand the European motherland.

[...] Colonization of America Christopher Columbus reportedly discovered America in 1492 while he was searching for a new route to the Indies. At this time Europe had just recently emerged from the Middle Ages, and was experiencing an age of enlightenment. The idea behind the enlightenment was that a better world could be built by human reason. Ideas of exploration, expansion, and colonization were finally commended, because they supported the movement of intellectual growth arising in this era. The developing logic of the Enlightenment allowed America to at last be acknowledged for all the economic opportunities that it held as well as the opportunities to spread religion and culture, develop military, and overall expand the European motherland. [...]


[...] ("French colonization of the Americas.") The final major European motherland to colonize America was England. Religion was a significant incentive in England's colonization of America, but for different reasons than those of Spain. At the same time that British exploration of America was taking place, King Henry's reunification of the church, and translation of the bible into English caused the many Christians to question the legitimacy of the Church of England. Various groups of people searching for religious freedom migrated to America, including the Puritans, the Protestants, and the Quakers. [...]

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