Chapter 1: Europe Discovers America
Who Discovered America?
The first humans to reach America were nomads in search of food and land. They crossed the land bridge that connected Asia and North America, which is now long gone.
Leif Ericson was probably the first European to reach America. His discovery was passed on unnoticed and he is not real to the modern world.
Amerigo Vespucci came upon the northern coast of South America. A few years later, someone credited him for discovering the new world and suggested it be named America.
Christopher Columbus is credited for discovering North America. He landed in the Caribbean, thinking he had discovered a sea route to Asia. He died still thinking he found a way to Asia, but now he is known for …show more content…
He did little to move the protestant cause.
X. “Of Plymouth Plantation”
Many members of the Anglican Church separated from it, declaring it corrupted beyond salvage. They were forced to go underground or be exiled. These Separatists moved to other places, mainly the Netherlands, and then the New World.
Forming a joint-stock with other emigrants and investors who agreed to pay in return for half the profits of the venture, the pilgrims set of from Plymouth, England on the Mayflower. Upon their arrival the pilgrims drew up the Mayflower Compact, a set of rules chosen by the members on how the society should be based.
The pilgrims endured a harsh winter and half of them died, but a local Indian names Squanto showed the pilgrims how to plant seeds and cultivate it, places to fish, etc.
The pilgrims choose William Bradford as their governor, in hopes that a government will help them cope with the wilderness confronting them. 30 years of the Pilgrim society are preserved in his writing, “Of Plymouth Plantation”.
XI. A Puritan