There are three most important point to consider, which include: Europe on the eve of expansion, early English foundations in America, and lastly, shaping the American identity. In this case, Europe on the eve of expansion should be considered because it sheds light to the learner on what contributed to the exploration of the New World. Based on this, it was after Europe’s expansion, that immigration of the English people to America took place, leading to the development of English colonies like Chesapeake and New England. As far as this point is concerned, Europe was recovering from the destruction of the ‘Black Death,’ where more than 25% of the European inhabitants died.
Further, the Catholic Church had subjugated the whole lifetime of the Europeans, making them think about the life after and not the present one. In addition, the renaissance of knowledge made the early Greco-Roman society pressurize the significance of the individual capability; in understanding, creation, and exploration. On the other hand, the knowledge of the early English foundation of America helps the learner to know how and where the English people migrated to in America. Based on this, the learner will understand the expansion, political, social, economic, and religious ideas of the immigrants. In this case, the first two regions to be settled on by the English people were Plymouth and the Jamestown regions in Virginia.
It can be argued that the differences portrayed by the New England and Chesapeake societies contributed to today’s racial and religious diversity of the Americans. Lastly, the knowledge of how the Americans shaped their identity is crucial since it helps the learner to understand the contemporary societies of America. Based on this, the Americans’ first identity came from the Puritans of New England, who changed their view of God’s will at all times, but focused on their identity economically, socially, and psychologically. In this case, Americans realized that the English culture did not constitute the complete American culture which had manners of doing things, the contribution of numerous diversified persons; constituting of black, red, and the white who was definitely more than the English.