Land of the Brave

Colonization of America

Colonial America - Land of the Brave

Colonization of America

The famous European explorers came from England, Spain, Italy, Portugal and France - Refer to the French in America and the Spanish in America.

The voyages of the first explorers and the countries of Europe were motivated by various reasons, the foremost being to build great empires - which led to the Colonization of America.

The other reasons were as follows:

  • Increased Power in Europe
  • Prestige
  • Wealth - gold, silver, spices and the raw materials of new lands
  • Opportunities for trade 
  • Spreading the Christian Religion - refer to Religion in the Colonies

Colonization of America in the 1600's
The 1600's saw the first era of the Colonization of America which was mainly undertaken by England and France and to a minor extent by the Netherlands and Sweden. The first were established consisting of Delaware, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts Bay Colony (which included Maine), New Jersey, Georgia, Connecticut, Maryland, South Carolina, New Hampshire, Virginia, New York, North Carolina, and Rhode Island and Providence Plantations. The story of the Colonization of America starts, and ends, at this point in time. The date of colonization is as follows:

1607:
1620:
1626:
1630:
1633:
1636:
1636:
1638:
1638:
1653:
1663:
1664:
1682:
1732:

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