Kevin Hall February 20, 2014 History 109 TTH 9:35am-11:10am Consumerism in Colonial America During the pre-revolutionary war era, our country was going through a drastic period of development that would lay down the spiritual and business foundations of our country. Immigrants were seeking religious freedom from parliament in Britain. Ports all along the eastern seaboard had an abundance of merchants and shopkeepers who sought to stimulate and to satisfy consumer demand for imported goods. In T.H. Breen’s essay “World of Goods in the Northern Colonies,” he states “that colonial Americans were increasingly concerned with becoming part of an empire of goods in the eighteenth century.” Colonial consumerism changed immigrant’s image of the colonies from a spiritual journey to an economically prosperous journey.
The Era of 1492 through 1750 opened up doors to new worlds for the growing independent and conductive european world. This period was well known for the exceptional discoveries that occurred during it such as the europeans discoveries of the americas and the atlantic slave trade “triangle trade “ both memorable and history changing events in world history .These events focused mainly on the following three regions Western Europe ,Africa , and the Americas. Communication lead to the expansion of the economics of all the following regions . unfortunately they damaged the social structures of the africa while also making way for the new social structures to form in the americas . during the 1492 europe began to flourish in the economy
* The Sistine Chapel ceiling in now known as one of the great masterpieces in the history of Western art. Event: First boatload of slaves brought directly from Africa to the Americas. Cause: * Slavery continued at a fairly steady level * The discovery of the Americas in the 1490’s and the planting sugarcane there demanded much labor so slaves were needed here. Effects: * Triangular trade, connected Europe, Africa, Asia, and the American continents. * Led to depopulation of some areas.
So in 1482 the Portuguese built a built a fort at Elmina [the mine] to protect their trade and they then spread across the Gold Coast. The Portuguese enjoyed a monopoly for nearly 100 years. Europeans are attracted. English, Dutch, Sweedes and Danes all wanted to share opportunities offered. African Solution: indigenous slavery.
The Dutch turned their colonies over to Britain after the _________armies occupied the ___________________. 37. ________________________ was initially important to the British because it was a supply station for the lengthy India route. 38. The migration of ___________________ from British-ruled Cape Colony for fertile land in the north is called the ___________ __________.
I think that if your going to be imperialistic you have to justify your self in overseas expansion and economic boosts. In conclusion, America is justified because they just want to follow in other countries footsteps like Spain. They also want to have world dominance so you have to go overseas to expand. We also were like Great Britain when we went out and annexed Hawaii. Then we took all the sugar from their sugar plantations and made an economic boost.
American Imperialism Imperialism is the advocacy of extending the power and dominion of a nation especially by direct territorial acquisitions or by gaining indirect control over the political or economic life of other areas. This is how America came to be the most powerful nation, by eliminating racial discrimination. In the late Nineteenth Century, interests, ideology, and strategic interests encouraged American imperialism. Economic interests in other countries are what helped America improve their economic status. Making more trading routes around the world will increase trade with other countries.
Slavery was established in the British colonies of the Americas to provide a cheap abundant work source, which would reproduce ensuring many years of hard labor. The continent of Africa provided an abundance of peoples to be forced into subjugation, and Africa’s political conditions made the slave trade more important to the domestic commerce and international influence. (Pg. 49) Political leaders and merchants of the slave trade in both Europe and Africa recognized the enormous monetary gain and political advantages, encouraged by the slave trade. The slave trade was no longer monopolized by the Royal African Co., therefore opening up a new market of human trade to fuel the growth of the American colonies which was dependent on the cheap forced labor to oversee the cultivation of corps like tobacco in the United States, and Sugar cane in the Caribbean Islands and its Lesser Antilles.
Imperialism is the domination by one country of the political, economic, or cultural life of another country or region. The new imperialism began in the late nineteenth and twentieth century. The political causes are the European needed bases for trade and navy ships and the spirit of nationalism. Some social causes were the theory of Social Darwinism, wish to share western civilization, and wish to spread Christianity. Lastly, the economic causes which was the need of new markets in which to sell their manufactured goods, Europeans needed raw materials to keep their factories busy, and place to infest profits.
Britain, France and Netherlands all started the slave trade for one main reason, profits. “Slavery was not born of racism; rather, racism was the consequence of slavery.” 1 When the Europeans migrated to America, they needed a huge task force to help them cultivate crops such as tobacco, sugar, and coffee. The Europeans first tried Native Americans. They initially started trading and eventually