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Motives For Exploration - 816 words
Until the late 1400's, Europeans did not know the existence of the two American continents ( North and South America ). To the European explorers, exploring the other side of the Atlantic was like exploring an entire different world, hence the name- the New World. In 1492, Christopher Columbus unknowingly discovered the new continent. His original motives for exploring was to find an easier route to Asia but instead, he discovered the New World. Thus; Spain, France and England began sending out conquistadors and explorers to the uncharted terrains of the new continent. Motives for the Spanish, French, and English explorers varied greatly, however, they were similar in some ways. The motives ...
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Colonization - 1,209 words
The promise of new riches and the potential discovery of the fabled Northwest Passage were the primary objectives, which fueled the exploration of the New World. Yet these goals were not practical enough when the European nations decided to colonize the Americas. Apparently, "a prosperous and enduring colonial empire depended on self-sustaining economic development" (page 33) rather than an autocratic and rigidly controlled colony in which everything was to benefit the parent country. The degree of success in colonizing the Americas would be measured by this fact. As long as a country could quickly populate its colonies and establish a self-sufficient economy, it would be ahead in the race t ...
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James Cook - 840 words
Captain James Cook~ World's Greatest Explorer Captain James Cook, an English Navigator and explorer, discovered Austria and the Hawaiian Islands on three famous voyages through the south pacific. Cook became an explorer because of his love of adventure and curiosity about distant lands and their people. Cook was born in Yorkshire, England in the year 1728. Then in the year 1755, Cook joined the British Navy. As a member of the Navy, he became an expert surveyor and astronomer. He was privileged in many situations; for instance, he was the man to help map the Saint Lawrence River and the coasts of Labrador and Newfoundland. His skill in sounding, surveying, and charting this river won for him ...
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Global Warming - 1,592 words
Why are the Heads of State Increasingly Worried About Global Warming? In the last few decades the worlds sea levels have risen, the weather has become more unpredictable and countries are now facing hotter summers with colder winters. This is due to global warming, which is becoming an increasingly real problem. But why is global warming a problem? If scientists theories are correct, then the results world over would be catastrophic. Global warming is the build up of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere, which stops solar radiation from space escaping again. This causes an increase the earths temperature. There are several gases contributing to global warming, a few of them occurring naturally ...
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Solomon Gursky Was Here - 1,393 words
Solomon Gursky Was Here is an epic novel spanning nearly a century and a half, from the mid 1800's to 1980's. It is the story of the obsession of Moses Berger, a Rhodes scholar turned alcoholic, with Solomon Gursky, the charismatic son of a poor immigrant. Solomon, with his brother Bernard and Morrie, built the massive liquor empire of McTavish industries. Moses is attempting to write a biography of Solomon, which becomes his life's work. Through his investigations the complex story of five generations of Gurskys is revealed. The eldest is Ephraim, Solomon'scriminal, perpetually scheming grandfather. Ephraim, is constantly associated with the raven, he escaped imprisonment in England in the ...
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How Mercantilism Helped To Shape The American Nation - 1,092 words
In the Middle Ages, the definition of wealth was based on the amount of productive land. According to this definition, France was the wealthiest and therefore the most powerful of the European nations. During the sixteenth century the definition of wealth began to change. As the ability to conduct profitable foreign trade increased, so did the amount of cash. Thus, the new definition of wealth came to mean the gain of cash or specie. Specie included gold, silver, or bullion. The wealthiest nation became the one with the most cash, and therefore, the most powerful nation. As the redefining of wealth took hold, there was an increased desire and ability to conduct foreign trade on a larger scal ...
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The Chesapeake And New England Colonies: A Comparison - 974 words
During the late 16th century and into the 17th century, European nations rapidly colonized the newly discovered Americas. England in particular sent out numerous groups to the eastern coast of North America to two regions. These two regions were known as the Chesapeake and the New England areas. Later, in the late 1700s, these two areas would bond to become one nation. Yet from the very beginnings, both had very separate and unique identities. These differences, though very numerous, spurred from one major factor: the very reason the settlers came to the New World. This affected the colonies in literally every way, including economically, socially, and politically. The Chesapeake region of t ...
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Analysis Of The Hudson Bay Company - 1,111 words
The Hudsons Bay Company is among the oldest, but still active companies in the world. When Canada confederated in 1867, the company was already 200 years old. It was incorporated in England on May 2, 1670, with hopes of seeking a northwest passage to the Pacific, and to generate business with those lands that might prove to be profitable. In 1667, the Royal Navy was ordered by King Charles II to sponsor the Eaglet (ship), while a group of private investors outfitted the other ship called the Nonsuch. On June 3, 1668 the Eaglet, with a man named Pierre-Esprit Radisson (1636-1710) on board and the Nonsuch with Medard Chouart Des Groseilliers (1618-1710), set sail down the Thames River to cross ...
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Global Warming - 512 words
The warming also increases the water-holding capacity of the atmosphere. Thomas R, Karl explains that the increased availability of water vapor in the atmosphere also leads to a significant increase in the energy available to drive storms and associated weather fronts, therefore affecting rainfall rates, precipitation amounts, storm intensity, and related runoff.(Karl, Tomas). The loss of Brazils rainforests also causes heavier rainfall and stronger storms in various parts of the world. Since the world climate and weather are generally dependent on the sun heating the surface of the earth, the reduction of rainforest canopies naturally causes major changes in the usual weather patterns. Firs ...
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