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DBQ: European Motivations for Colonization in Americas

DBQ: European Motivations for Colonization in Americas
DBQ: European Motivations for Colonization in Americas
DBQ: European Motivations for Colonization in Americas
DBQ: European Motivations for Colonization in Americas
DBQ: European Motivations for Colonization in Americas
DBQ: European Motivations for Colonization in Americas
DBQ: European Motivations for Colonization in Americas
DBQ: European Motivations for Colonization in Americas
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DBQ: European Motivations for Colonization

Why did European countries want colonies in North America? What motivated people to leave their homes to live on the edge of a distant continent they knew little about?


Background:
Why did European countries want colonies in North America? What motivated people to leave their homes to live on the edge of a distant continent they knew little about?

Task:
Use your knowledge of World War II and the documents to answer the questions and then the essential question below.




Document A

“It will be a service to the Church of great consequence to carry the Gospel into those parts of the world… The whole earth is the Lord’s garden… Why… Suffer a wholoe continent as fruitful and concenient for the use of man to lie waste without any improvement?... what can be better work, amnd more honorable and wirthy of a Christian than to help rise and support a particular church while it is in its infacny, and to kpom his force with such a cimpany of faithful people. As by timely assistance many grow strong and proper…”
- John Winthrop. Reasons for the Plantation in New England , c. 1628

Document B


“Whereas, several lands, Islands, Places, Colonies and Plantations have been obtained and settled in the Part of the Continent of America called New England, and thereby the Trade and Commerce there, hath been of late Years much increased; And whereas We have been informed by the hirable Petition of our Trusty and Well beloved John Winthrop (and others), being Persons principally interested in Our Colony of Plantation of Connecticut, in New England, that the same Colony… was Purchased and obtained for great and valuable Considerations, and some other Part thereof gained by Conquest… and the only Endeavors… of theirs and their Associates…. Subdued and improved and thereby become a considerable Enlargement and Addition of Our Dominions and Interests there. Now Know YE, That in consideration thereof… We have ordained… the said John Winthrop (and others)… One Body Corporate and politque, in Fact and Name , by the Name of, Governor and Company of the English colony of Connecticut in New England, in America…

- From the Charter of Connecticut, 1662



Document C


- “Carolina is a fair and spacious Province of the Continent of America… This Province lying so near Virginia, and yet more Southward, enjoys the fertility and advantages thereof; and yet is so far distant, as to be freed from the inconstancy of the Weather, which is a great cause of un-healthfulness thereof…
The Land is of divers sorts as in all Countries of the world, that which lye sneer the seam is sandy and barren, but beareth many tall Trees, which make good timber for several uses… up the River about 20 or 30 miles, where they have aide a Town called Charles-Town, there is plenty of as rich ground as any in the world… The Woods are stored with Deer and Wild Turkeys, or a great magnitude, weighing many times above 50 lbs a piece, and of a more pleasant taste than in England… other sorts of Beasts in the Woods that are good for food and also Fowls… Here are as brave Rivers as any in the World, stored with great abundance of Sturgeon, Salmon, Bass, Plaice, Trout, and Spanish mackerel, with many other most pleasant sorts of Fish, both flat and round, for which the English Tongue hath no name… Last of all, the Air comes to be considered… and this is it which makes this Place so desirable, being seated in the most temperate Clime, where the neighbor-hood of the glorious Light of Heaven brings many advantages… The Summer is not too hot, and the winter is very short and moderate, beat agreeing with English Constitutions….”
- Robert Horne, a Brief Description of the Province of Carolina 1666


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Questions:
1. Document B suggests that England valued its New English Colonies for what reason?

2. Which documents are most likely advertisements?

3. Which docent (s) suggest a religious motive for establishing colonies?


4. Writing Task: What role do you think economics played in the establishment of European colonies in North America? Use your knowledge of the colonial period and evidence from the sources above to explain your answer




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