Colonization of the New World
This paper examines how food was one of the major reasons the New World was colonized.
The following paper discusses the foods that Europeans discovered in the New World that helped them to survive in their voyages and explorations for gold. The fact that many of these foods could be packed so as to sustain them on their return journeys was equally important. In addition, in order to understand how Europeans saw the abundance of food available in the New World, it is necessary to consider some of the basic parameters of life in Europe during the 16th, 17th and 18th centuries the time in which the New World was being settled by Europeans.
“Many things lured Europeans to the New World ” gold, God and glory ” among others. Finding gold made the voyage worthwhile to many as did land beyond measure and the presence of natives that could be both enslaved and saved. But none of this would have been sufficient had the Europeans not found enough to eat here, for even the most gold-enfevered explorer knows that you cannot eat the precious metal.”