Why were europeans interested in discovering new lands and markets?
During the Colonial Period, European nations were interested in discovering new lands and new trade-markets mostly for the sake of economic enrichment. That new goods might improve European lifestyles, that new lands could bring glory, that new lands and peoples could be converted to European religious views -- all of these and more were also involved in the European frenzy for discovery at this time.
What did the Treaty of Tordesillas reveal about Europeans' attitudes toward non-European lands and people?
What ideas did the Europeans have about how the land should be used when they first came to the New World?
Once the Europeans had settled themselves, in a manner of speaking, they saw the vast lands they controlled as areas for farming. These were lands that were "fresh" lands as compared to European farmlands and had a vast potential for expanding westward. In other areas of the New World, Europeans saw the potential of mineral deposits, gold and silver as examples.
Europeans didn’t know North America existed until they literally bumped into it looking for an Asian water route. The natural resources found in North America drew Europeans to the land and for Europeans it looked like it was vast acres of empty lands. To a European to come to a place with no fences, no king’s lands, no laws on poaching, and it seemed to be not owned by anyone. As far as they were…
At first the American Indian greeted and embraced the Europeans, helping them adapt to a climate and land they were not used to. Some tribes were leery of these strange new beings. It was after natives were betrayed by stealing lands, lying and cheating, being made slaves of that the Indian realized that the Europeans could not be trusted. Generally, tribes began to fight back during the next five hundred years of planned genocide by…
American Indians did not start resisting the occupation until the invaders started killing them for the lands. To the Indian the lands could not be taken or owned, yet the white man with his superior weapons would do anything to take their lands. The Europeans also wanted to change them. They wanted to convert them to the white man's religion , change their dress, change their languages. Basically, the natives resisted becoming like their invaders.