What was the Reason?
During the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, the first British settlers came to reside in North America. With them they brought disease, religion, government, trading systems, and slaves. But why did they come in the first place? Throughout the colonial period, economic concerns and religious concerns shared the responsibility for the settling of British North America.
One of the main reasons for British settlement in America was economic concern in England. Between 1500 and 1600, a price revolution was established in England which was significantly influenced by the gold and silver that they were obtaining from Spanish America. During that time there was a large growth in Europe's population due to the rising prices that were occurring because the people were willing to spend more money now that they were receiving additional money. Due to the increase in money, the gentry and the yeomanry were gaining money as the aristocracy began to decline their luxuries as they were not gaining more money then they were spending.
With the growing population in Europe and the yeomen families looking for land that they could provide for their children, they began to look across the Atlantic. In order to move across the Atlantic, England created joint-stock companies, which were ran by the merchants instead of the aristocracy because they now had more money. When the British finally managed to create colonies in America and they realized that the Indians were not interested in being the immigrants slaves, they resorted to importing African Americans to due their work. With the slaves, the settlers were able to cultivate food and tobacco to export for trade and to gain money. With England finally making money, the economic purpose of the New World was a success.
Religion was the other of the...