17th Century American History

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When the English colonists arrived in America they were seeking new lives and new opportunities. The ultimate goal was to make money by themselves, for themselves. English colonists did not become new men, but new breeds of men. The English mentality was still the same in terms of making as much money as possible; therefore they were not new men, just in a new place.

The Colonists were still the same people inside because their mindset towards many different things had still not changed. In the Americas the religious system, agriculture, labor, and business in general was going through heavy changes compared to England. Physically yes, America was a very different place than England. Yet the people were still trying to make money by all means necessary. One of these means was the introduction of slaves, which in England was more of an object of fashion. In America slaves were solely tools for making money. A huge difference between the Americas and England was the agricultural system. Farming of tobacco, cotton, wheat, sugar, rice, and so on meant big money if it was imported to England. The reason it was called the land of opportunity was because you could get land, slaves, start a business, and begin importing your goods to England. Once goods like tobacco and sugar reached England, they took the area by storm, which meant more money for the producer of the goods. In the New World money meant freedom, thus the seeds of Capitalism were planted.

Colonists were very money hungry because in England they had been money starved. One could argue that the Colonists were new men on the outside, but on the inside they were trying to achieve what they couldn’t back in England. Once again, the desire is still the same, but the difficulty is not. “It is not composed, as in Europe, of great lords who possess everything, and of a herd of people who have nothing.” (Crevecoer pg. 102) This quote is wrong because it is so easy to make money in...
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