Analyze the Differences Between the Spanish Settlements in the Southwest and the English Colonies in New England in the Seventeenth Century
Autor: Marry • September 24, 2011 • Essay • 330 Words (2 Pages) • 4,881 Views
#1: Analyze the differences between the Spanish settlements in the Southwest and the English Colonies in New England in the seventeenth century in terms of TWO of the following: Politics, Religion, Economic development.
The Spanish and English were involved in the New World both religiously and economically. But, their approaches were quite different in many ways, such as time, place, and their actions to the native peoples that lived in the New World.
The Spanish were Catholic. They wanted to gain numbers to support Catholicism and show that it is the true religion. Because of this, they forced the Native American to become Catholic like themselves. They set up convents and brought missionaries to help convert the Indians to Catholicism. The Spanish were mostly interested in taking gold from their settlements. Their settlements didn't last as long as Britain's colonies because they did not have anything else to do economically after they ran out of gold. They did try to go into agriculture, but it never worked out. In the end, they were never successful. The Spanish themselves never worked, they made the Indians do all their labor.
The English were mostly Puritans and pilgrims. The pilgrims wanted to separate from Protestantism, so they came over to the New World. The Puritans wanted to change ideas within the Anglican Church because they felt it was too similar to Catholicism. The Puritans came to the New World and had a huge influence. Unlike the Spanish, the English never forced their religious beliefs onto the Indians. As they settled, they had long-term goals all planned out and ready for action. At first, they made a lot of money off of tobacco. Also, they got into farming and fishing. Their colonies were mostly trading so they had lumberyards to create big ships for trading. Because of their differences in the economy, the English were very successful unlike the Spanish and their colonies lasted. The English worked hard and never forced Indian labor.
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