Colonization and Nation Building


What is the relationship between colonization and nation
building? This question has many answers. However, we will
analyze it by discussing the greed factor. Greed among
rulers was the strongest relationship between colonization
and nation building.
explorers of all time. Like every other explorer, Columbus
had many reasons for his exploration. However, it is made
obvious by studying the history of Columbus' explorations
that his main motive for exploration was greed. Columbus
had the same desires as many explorers both before and
after him. He yearned for gold. He wanted land. He wanted
power. The whole purpose for his first voyage to what he
thought was India, but turned out to be Central America,
was to gain land for Spain. It took quite a bit of sweet
talking from Columbus to get the money and ships needed for
this voyage from Spain's Queen Isabella. But in the end,
Columbus had the chance to reach a goal brought on by greed
: to gain riches. Queen Isabella had the same motive. She
wanted land for Spain, and that is the only reason that she
ever gave him the money and ships to make his voyage. 

The English, like other countries, voyaged to the Americas
in search of riches. It wasn't until they got there that
they realized that people already lived there. It was at
that point that greed took over the English. The English
did something, that by today's standards would be
considered inhuman. They used a method of mass murder
called extermination. They used whatever it took to kill
the most Native Americans possible in the smallest amount
of time. The English would not have done this had it not
been for extreme greed. They wanted the land that the
Native Americans had and they wanted it as soon as
possible. This greed among the English did accomplish their
task of taking land quickly, but it also accomplished the
murder of thousands of Native Americans. 

Although it doesn't seem obvious at first thought, new laws
in Europe helped with the effort in nation building. With
the new laws were the guidelines as to were the laws were
in effect. Often, a new law included a new area of land.
This meant that with each new law a king put forth,
theoretically, he could gain more land. A newer set of laws
that were not made law by the king, took power from the
king and said that he did not have total control. This set
of laws, the Magna Carta, is perhaps the most famous set of
written laws ever.
With the decline of feudalism came the development of
monarchies. A monarchy, form of government in which one
person has the hereditary right to rule as head of state
during his or her lifetime, usually presents the chance for
nation building. A greedy king or queen can, if they have
the forces needed, build their nation quickly and
effectively. Just like everyone and everything else, the
monarch always had a reason for nation building. Nine times
out of ten, that reason was greed. The king wanted more
people to tax. The king wanted more land. The king wanted
more trade routes to tax. All of these are a part of greed.
The king (or queen) wanted something that they didn't need
and they were willing to do almost anything to get it.
Fight a war. Kill a thousand people. The phrase 'Whatever
it takes' meant the world to a monarch.
Greed. Whether it was colonization, as with Queen Isabella
and Christopher, or it was nation building, greed was the
motive behind it nine times out of ten. Christopher
Columbus tried for years to make a voyage to what he
thought was India, and he was so diligent because he was
greedy. The English murdered thousands upon thousands of
people because they wanted the land belonging to the Native
Americans all to themselves. These are two very good
examples of greed within colonization. A king wants more
land, but he doesn't want a war. How does he get it? Why,
he just thinks of some new ridiculous law that will have no
effect other than to give him more land. The end of
but also the beginning to the major development of one of
monarchy. The monarchy would prove to be a major force
behind the building of many nations for decades. Greed
among rulers was the strongest relationship between
would like to see someone effectively argue against it.

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