Summary - What is America Just a few days ago I heard somebody explaining why a topic becomes worth studying. Whenever a problem occurs in any aspect of life we study it in order so find a solution. Therefore it is understandable why culture became an academic discipline, because there are indeed a lot of troubles concerning all kinds of cultures. So the question “What is America?” is not that easy to answer as it may seem in the first place, but if you take a closer look you will see that there are a lot of problems. Conventional approaches…
The first settler in America was Columbus in 1492 and exaggerated reports come back and many people wanted to came there, because they thought, they would become easy wealth. People who had no money could also come as indentured servants, so they had to work there seven years before they became free.
Later the first Englishmen came at 1607 to Jamestown, Virginia. But they were gentleman and had no idea who to survive in wildness or use pick-axe or spade. The leader of this settlement was John Smith. After six months half of the settler died, because there was a malaria swamp near.
This settlement didn’t cope with the Indians, so one day they captured Smith and wanted to kill him, but Pocahontas, the chief’s daughter, rescued him and then became friends and the Indians taught the settler who do survive. Subsequent Pocahontas married a settler named John Rolfe, and he imported tabaco form West India and crossed it with local tabaco and this was were popular and called the Virginia’s salvation.
The next colonists were the Puritans, they came at 1620 to Plymouth, because in England they were persecuted, because of their religion. They were Protestants, but very strict and they said that the church was too much like the Catholic church. So, they came there to practic.....[read full text]