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History, Colonial Experiments

control of North America, indigenous peoples, Native Americans, Portugal, Brazil

Beginning in 1519, Spain, Portugal, France, The Netherlands, and England established colonies in the Americas. Spain made a great mining and agricultural empire in Mexico, South America, and the Caribbean. Portugal created a slave-based agricultural colony in Brazil. In North America the French and Dutch established rudimentary European societies and, more importantly, elaborate, long-term trading networks with the indigenous peoples. Among the European invaders of North America, only the English established colonies of agricultural settlers, whose interests in Native Americans was less about trade than about the acquisition of land. That fact would have huge implications in the long struggle for control of North America.

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control of North America, indigenous peoples, Native Americans, Portugal, Brazil, South America, Dutch, Spain, England, Netherlands, France, slave, French, Mexico, trade, interests

 
 

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