Land of Opportunity: America

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America the land of opportunity, or is it? In the first wave of colonists to arrive in America, populations that started off in the thousands were whittled down to hundreds, by harsh winters, disease, and starvation. The settlers that came afterwards didn't have it much better, lack of land, the threat of Indian attacks, and the explosive situation with the French, made it hard for the settlers to build a life for themselves.

The colonists saw America as the land of opportunity, many of them had probably been told stories about how a man came with no money, and built an empire with farming. Once they reached America it was a different story. They did have a lean slate to begin with, the land was fertile, and animals were plentiful. The first, and second waves of immigrants changed this though, they over hunted, and over farmed the land. They brought new an... Continue Reading