Themes Of Geography

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When a person studies about the American colonies, he/she often thinks about how it all transformed into what its current condition. The Themes of Geography can be ultimately used to answer the simple yet complicated question. The two that will be used to answer the problem are Movement and Human/Environment Interaction. In order to understand these two better, the reader must know what each specifically mean. Movement is a method by which people, goods or ideas can travel using various methods like, communication. Human and Environment Interaction deals with how humans affect the land, and how the land affects the humans.

Movement occurred because many Europeans wanted to escape and avoid political and religious unrest. Others, for example, slaves and convicts, were deported to The New World involuntarily to serve as servants to the families that are already resided there. Many people fled Europe to The New World because of religious persecution.

Beginning with the Pilgrims in 1620, other religiously persecuted groups came to America to worship their own way. For example, the Roman Catholics came from England, the Jews came from all over Europe, and the Huguenots came from France. This migration of people led to an increase of population, which is a key factor when one wants to establish colonies. According to the World Book 2000 Millennium Edition, in the 1700's, the population was about 250,000. By 1775, the population rose to an astounding 2-½ million people.

In this migration to The New World, people brought new ideas. That is how movement affected ideas. Many laborers came like merchants, for economic prosperity. In addition, if one desires economic prosperity, one must have mercantilism. The cash crop grown in the Central, and Southern Colonies, was tobacco. It was an in-demand product in Europe, so the farmers thought...

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