who came to the colonies and why did they come ?

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  • 1 decade ago
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    European nations came to the Americas to increase their wealth and broaden their influence over world affairs. The Spanish were among the first Europeans to explore the New World and the first to settle in what is now the United States.

    By 1650, however, England had established a dominant presence on the Atlantic coast. The first colony was founded at Jamestown, Virginia, in 1607. Many of the people who settled in the New World came to escape religious persecution. The Pilgrims, founders of Plymouth, Massachusetts, arrived in 1620. In both Virginia and Massachusetts, the colonists flourished with some assistance from Native Americans. New World grains such as corn kept the colonists from starving while, in Virginia, tobacco provided a valuable cash crop. By the early 1700s enslaved Africans made up a growing percentage of the colonial population. By 1770, more than 2 million people lived and worked in Great Britain's 13 North American colonies.

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    What we consider the original 13 colonies was largely the confederated settlements of several persecuted religious groups originating in England; anabaptists and Quakers come to mind, but also Catholics too. There were also many Anglicans who came simply out of duty to the crown, in places such as Virginia and the Carolinas.

  • 1 decade ago

    dfferent people came for different reasons! prisoners who were deported to Australia would have started colonies because they had no way of getting home to England.

  • 1 decade ago

    The british, spaniards, portuguese people. They came for power, and fortunes. They should be ashamed. There's no reason to invade or occupy others people's land(and I'm not talking about the middle east).

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  • 1 decade ago

    Puritans to escape religious persecution.

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