Why did people come to America? Was it for gold, God, or glory. In this paper I will argue that it started out that in the 1400’s and the 1500’s countries were seeking for glory and gold. In the 1600’s the great exploration ended in a search of a safe haven to worship God. When Europeans began to encounter the New World, Isabella and Ferdinand were monarchs of Spain. Christopher Columbus was obsessed with the idea that he could reach the East by sailing west.
In April 1492, after several attempts, Christopher Columbus finally convinced Isabella and Ferdinand to agree to finance his risky attempt to sail. Isabella and Ferdinand were eager to expand the wealth and influence of their monarchy. They were looking to receive praise and recognition for their accomplishments. August 3, 1492, Columbus sailed with three ships under his command. Two months later, Columbus rowed ashore and claimed land for Isabella and Ferdinand of Spain. This transformed the history of the world and unexpectedly made Spain the most important European power in the Western Hemisphere for more than a century (Cohen, Hartmann, 2009). Isabella and Ferdinand gained great wealth that enriched the Spanish empire and made Spain the envy of other Europeans.
Exploration for gold and glory continued to increase. Columbus claimed San Salvador, for Isabella and Ferdinand and named the island in honor of the Savior, Jesus Christ.
In the early 1500’s, Martin Luther initiated the Protestant Reformation by publicizing his criticism of the Catholic Church. Luther preached about justification by faith. He believe that any individual Christian could obtain salvation and life everlasting lonely by having faith that God would save them. Luther taught the people that the offering given to the church, following the priest’s orders, or following church rituals would not put believers one step closer to heaven. Luther...