Why They Came

Europeans came to America not intending to discover a new world but to increase the power and resources of an old one. Some came for political reasons, on behalf of powerful European kings and queens who sought to expand their empires. Many came for economic reasons, to reach the silks and spices of China and India or, failing that, to see what resources this continent had to offer. Still others came primarily for religious reasons, either to escape persecution at home or to convert the Natives to Christianity.


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