History of the New World

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How did European Expansion into the “New World” (the Americas) shape life for indigenous Americans?

The Europeans arrived at the east coast of North America, where native Indian tribes lived. The natives performed activities like hunting, farming, and trade. Their first meeting with the Europeans occurred in the 1500s, while the hunted for whales. The Indians worked with the Europeans. In the 1600, the Europeans began to develop permanent residence within the native territory (Dwyer, Philip & Ryan 115). The Europeans introduced religion and sustainable agriculture. Alike, the trading activities expanded from the natives’ territory to merchants from Europe. The natives changed their belief about nature and began to embrace exploration of natural resources.

How did European Expansion in the “New World” shape life in the Old World (Europe, Asia, and Africa)?

The European expansion and scramble for Africa impacted both South and East Asia. Particularly, the Europeans passed through Asia during their merchant trips. Besides, they ensured that they remained exempted from the Chinese law enforcements (Pollard et al., 100). Later, the European imperialism became stronger. In fact, the British moved into Hong Kong in the early 1900 and began to take charge of territories like, Indochina, Annam, and Tonkin among others (Bickford 60). Similarly, Africans provided extensive labor in the agricultural fields. The Europeans imported slaves from West Africa, and this impacted the mindset of Africans regarding western countries (Hofäcker & Marge Unt1 64). For example, people view European countries as land of better opportunities.

Which of the two “worlds” — old or new–do you think was more profoundly shaped by the connections forged after Columbus’ “discovery” in 1492?

After the Columbus of 1492, the European interactions highly impacted the new world. The exploration led to the discovery of many other opportunities for the European people (Bickford 22). The Europeans learnt that the Africans owned precious natural endowments that would benefit them back at home (Urban et al., 120). They came to Africa in the name of enlightening the people through education, while they slowed explored their valuable resources. Later, they empowered the African and became powerful. Columbus increased the urge of the Europeans to search for better opportunities in other countries.