The cultural and developmental aspects of American history in the 17th and 18th centuries are certainly among the most important and influential factors in the shaping of this country's long and storied history. The society that existed at that time had very different views on life and how it should occur. The daily routines were unlike ours even though it may be hard to believe. Even families, which seem to be a non-changing in history, were also distinct in size and order. .
A big change that occurred was the growth of the country. When the settlers first came to America they settled in villages near the coast. As more and more people migrated to America land for farming started to become scarce. There started to become a larger demand for land due to the fact that agriculture was the leading occupation for new settlers. The government started expanding the country by purchasing land from other countries. With all this new land, people started heading west to purchase their own. (Larkin 6) .
During the early years of colonization and exploration in North America, the New World collided and brought to each other many new things, both good and bad. There were exchanges of ideas, products and crops that greatly advanced the cultures of all involved, but on the other hand, new diseases, and harsh treatment of one another were also present. .
Before the arrival of the Europeans to present day United States, the Native Americans treated their homeland with respect and with spiritual properties. Occasionally they burned sections of land in the wilderness for better hunting area, but other than that they provided no threat to its well-being. This all changed when the European settlers arrived. The Europeans believed that humans had domination over the land. By building huge colonies, extensive road systems and for other technological advances, the colonizers greatly changed the face of our nation.