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War and Peace in American Literature

Age of Exploration: Sixteenth and Seventeenth Centuries

In the sixteenth century, Europe—specifically England, Spain, and Portugal—developed powerful navies and began to explore and conquer North American lands previously unknown to Europeans. There were many motives for these explorations, such as growing commercial interests, the need for new land, and the desire for adventure. Christopher Columbus opened the Caribbean and North America to the Europeans over the course of four expeditions from 1492 to 1504. Hernán Cortés did the same for present-day Mexico when he led the Spanish conquest of that area between 1519 and 1521. Henceforth, the opening up of the Americas would advance quickly and steadily, despite constant resistance of Native Americans who had once been the sole inhabitants of North America from the Arctic to Central America. Conflicts created by...

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