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  1. Introduction
  2. English colonists
  3. Colonies lay foundation for U.S.
  4. Analysis and description
  5. Conclusion

The colonization of the New World began with Spain. Soon after, England began taking a serious interest in colonizing the New World for economic, social, and religious benefits. England saw a great economic advantage through colonizing. America was the world's new market and English companies saw a gain in trade.

Also, society in England was rough: English colonists chose to cross the Atlantic for many reasons. Some wanted to institute a purer form of worship, more closely based on their interpretation of the Scripture. Others dreamed of owning land and improving their social position. A few came to the New World to escape bad marriages, jail terms, or the dreary prospect of lifelong poverty. (Divine 30).

Disease, crime, overpopulation, and debts were main driving forces to purge people out of England and into the New World. Lastly, with the Protestant Reformation in full swing, many sought after a chance for religious freedom.

[...] The colonies also had a negative impact. In Massachusetts, mass hysteria during the Salem Witch Trials led to needless executions, a policy that would later rear its ugly head again as McCarthyism in the 1950s. In Virginia, slavery showed the inhumanity of colonists and was a precursor towards American racism. All of these legacies contributed fundamental principles that make up the United States today. Works Citied Divine, Robert A. The American Story. 4th ed. New York: Pearson Longman, 2007. Print. [...]


[...] Colonies lay foundation for U.S. The colonization of the New World began with Spain. Soon after, England began taking a serious interest in colonizing the New World for economic, social, and religious benefits. England saw a great economic advantage through colonizing. America was the world's new market and English companies saw a gain in trade. Also, society in England was rough: English colonists chose to cross the Atlantic for many reasons. Some wanted to institute a purer form of worship, more closely based on their interpretation of the Scripture. [...]

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