The American Inhabitants

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When the new world was first founded, Christopher Columbus found that there were inhabitants on the new land and he dubbed them the name Indians. He gave them this name because he was in search for India but, instead of heading east from England he went west from England and founded a new land. Much as such as the word American began to form throughout the formation of the new colonies. The word American can be taken literally and used as a sense of freedom.

Being taken literally the word American can be broken down into two parts. The first part America referred to the place that people settled in the new world. The second Part –an refers to a person, place, or thing that can be referred to their geographical location. This was a very important part of the new colonies because since they have declared independence they needed a new name for themselves besides Europeans. Thusly they put together the term America and the term –an to describe themselves as their own people. In Mary Rowlandson’s personal narrative it is very evident that the word American hasn’t even crossed the minds of the colonists. The colonists still considered themselves very much European. “Like other New Englanders, he sought to ensure that his progeny and those who came after would be amply provided for” (Rowlandson 9). In this quote from Mary Rowlandson it is very sure that there was a land shortage in England so many Englanders came to the new world so they could own land and have a prosperous family. “When French, Dutch, and English Traders began frequenting New England’s coast, they sought pelts of beaver and other animals so they could cash in on a European craze for fur hats” (Rowlandson 11). In this quotation it is very evident that the futures settlers were not interested in settling down in this new land but to trade with the natives so they become wealthier in England. Thus these peoples did not want to, or wasn’t on their mind at the time, to settle down and begin to think about freedom.

Rowlandson’s narrative is a very good piece of literature from the early times of the new colonies.
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