In essence, the overall idea of the American dream was established a long time ago even before its coinage. However, this idea of the American dream could no doubt be traced chronologically from its discovery through its colonization to the present day the United States. The primary source document “The age of exploration (1600)” highlights the various stages of the exploration of America from 1492 to 1608 right from its discovery by Columbus. On the other hand the article “THE AMERICAN COLONIES [1620-1733]” discusses the overall idea of the America colonies from 1620 to 1733 (Schulman). The American discovery and its colonies are well crafted in the two documents thus giving arrays of knowledge regarding American history. This paper proposes to discuss in detail the discovery of America and its colonies by using the above two sources. While the articles touch on many topics, this paper will specifically address the discovery and colonization of America.
Primarily, the Spanish expedition which was led by the famous Christopher Columbus had sailed around the continent of America around 1492 where he introduced the new world of his discovery to the Western World of the time (David 40). According to the article, Columbus started by studying the overall civilization that he had come across on his journey to explore the world, especially the friendly Native Americans of the time. After this exploration, there was a rampant European conquest, exploration as well as colonization. Through the entire journey to the discovery of America, there is a clear explanation of the way exploration of America came happened. The article asserts its relevance in explaining the exploration and colonization of America.
Columbus himself described his voyage to the discovery of America. According to the article, immediately after the treaty of Tordesillas in the year 1494 which was approved by the Pope, Spain as well as Portugal led to the division of the entire non-European world. In this light, a line was drawn through South America during the division of the New World (Schulman). The first journey that Columbus covered was around the Caribbean costs particularly on the Hispaniola Island, Puerto Rico as well as the Cuba Island. At the beginning of the 16th century, he expanded his expedition into the North and South America. Apparently, Columbus’s voyage reached the South American coast in his third trip.
According to the article, Spain sent its expedition and through a corporation with Indian allies, they rapidly conquered the territory. Notably, this made them gain more control over the land in South America, Central America, and Mexico particularly by the mid of the 16th century (Schulman). Over the same period of time, much of the eastern South America which is known as Brazil was colonized by Portugal.
It is clear that the overall colonial history of the United States covers a long history of the American colonization which started in the 16th century (Turner). The article “the American colonies” covers charters and Acts such as the First Charter of Massachusetts and the Molasses Act. According to the article, the English tended to see North America for harassment of the Spanish during the early as well as the mid sixteen century. As a result, there was a rebellious act that broke out in the Netherlands where the rebels turned out to be Protestant. Notably, it was thought that the rebels were assisted by Queen Elizabeth (Jones). At this time, England, France, Spain as well as the Netherlands had come up with a major program in which they would then colonize Americans. While there were several failed attempts, there were successful colonies which were established within several decades.
Ideally, the Massachusetts Bay colony was regarded as the first settlement located in Plymouth. In this case, there were a bunch of groups particularly of the Puritans who were seeking to escape from the religious persecution in England which aided the formation of the Plymouth settlement in the year 1620 (Schulman). The article further explains the first charter which was designed for Massachusetts in early 1620 (Fryd 93). The charter was set to begin with the overall recital for the patent that was set in the year 1620 particularly to the council of the New England as well as the subsequent grant that was issued by the council. Notably, this document later led to the establishment of a province in the Massachusetts Bay. The charter had a description of the government of the colony especially those whose lands were drowned from those which had initially belonged to the Massachusetts Bay Colony (Howe 389). The charter was then approved by William Pinchion (Iizuka, Michiko, and Mulu 59). In essence, the article as well illustrates a detail of the Mayflower Compact which was bound particularly for the Colony of Virginia and was financed by the Company of Merchant who was thought to be adventurers of London.
The purpose of the two articles was to showcase the entire journey of the discovery of America to the creation of colonies. In this light, the article successfully achieved this by covering the voyage of Christopher Columbus to his discovery of the New World. Apparently, explicitly crafted how America developed in the hands of its colonies who were the Spanish, England, and the Netherlands (Elliott). The purpose of the articles was to inform and thus the subject at hand was presented clearly, coherently, and accurately. The authors for these articles this succeeded in showcasing how America was discovered and colonized.
In conclusion, the overall discovery of America can no doubt be attributed to various explorers. In this light, it was a combination of different explorers as well as discoveries which finally led to the development of America. As a result, each of the explorers deserves a piece of respect for what they were able to accomplish. On the other hand, the paper was as well able to showcase how American colony was built under England. While there are controversial thoughts, on how America was discovered and its colonies formed, explorers such as Christopher Columbus played a crucial role in the development of America and its entire historical developments such as colonization.
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