Thursday, April 7, 2011

What is an American? Part II

"In 1492 Columbus sailed the ocean blue".  The discovery of the New World, changed the economic and political landscape of the planet forever.  Although many European Kingdoms would profit from this discovery, it would lead to their eventual destruction.

As the Middle Ages gave way to the Renaissance, European colonization of the New World began with a surge led by Spain at first, and quickly followed by England, France and the Dutch. Small colonies began springing up all over the New World...some languished and were lost...others slowly began to expand. 

Although the Spanish were ruthlessly cruel in their initial conquest of the New World, in 1542 Charles V imposed new laws that prohibited slavery.  This in part allowed for a relatively peaceful assimilation of the native peoples.

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