Explain Why Did The First Europeans Arrive In North America

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When did the first Europeans arrive in North America? The first phase of European activity in the Americas began with the Atlantic Ocean crossings of Christopher Columbus in 1492 sponsored by Spain, whose original attempt was to find a new route to India and China. The Spanish wanted to find the shorter route to trade rich spices and other goods. The overall purpose of the settlement of the New World by Spain was to acquire new wealth. Although Spain had claimed the New World as its sole territory, it was not the only European country seeking new land. John Cabot had found North America and staked England’s claim to it in 1497, only five years after Christopher Columbus had set sail from Spain. Some in England saw America as an opportunity to start over, rather than just obtain more wealth. The toll of war after war, religious strife, and a difficult economic situation for the slaves of England caused many to view America as a place where a perfect society could be established. However, not…show more content…
Formally known as Plymouth colony, Massachusetts was founded in 1620 by Puritans to seek refuge in the New World. They were seeking a new life of religious freedom and purification of the Church of England after being exiled. The Puritans (pilgrims) drafted an agreement called the Mayflower Compact, which had rules that would guide and help them to establishing a new community. The Mayflower Compact is an important piece of American History because it was a step towards self-government in America. The Mayflower Compact stated that the adult males who would settle at Plymouth, not including servants, would have the right to vote on issues. The adult male settlers would gather at town-meetings and would make their own laws through open discussion. This was the first democratic government established in the colonies. The Mayflower Compact stood as a blueprint for other groups who came to settle the
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