American dream according to Columbus and John Smith

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Anita Pecurcika

Robert W. Rudnicki

ENGL 212


American Dream

Ever since America has been explored and colonized. The conception of an ideological dream has been at the forefront. America has continually provided an arena for those in individuals seeking economic, governmental and religious growth. The concept of American dream starts as European in a nature. Italian explorer Christopher Columbus and his voyage, as well as John Smith and his voyage were a recognizable spark that reinforced the concept of American Dream. Columbus set the sail for a passage to the east by sailing to the west and ended up in the rich, wealthy new world.

According to Christopher Columbus first impressions from "Letter to Louis de Santangel regarding the first Voyage" the new land was everything they were looking for. "The island and all the others are very fertile to a limitless degree, and this island is extremely so."

They came in this new land and saw the opportunities it gave them. All the threes, plants, animals and fruits they can collect and trade. "In it are marvelous pine groves, and there are very large tracks of cultivable lands, and there is honey, and there are birds of many kinds and fruits in great diversity." These islands were fertile to a limitless degree. It had many harbors and rivers, high lands, sierras and lofty mountains. Columbus saw the opportunity for himself and his country to profit economically through spices, gold and trade. This land gave a promise of a better, easier, and more prosperous life, which in a way is an American dream. When people heard about this new land they wanted to be a part of it. Since this new land was almost uninhabited, it was open for the European people. "And from that point I sent...