How did Spanish patterns of settlement in The New World differ from that of the English, Dutch, and the French?

1 Answer | Add Yours

saintfester's profile pic

saintfester | Middle School Teacher | (Level 3) Associate Educator

Posted on

The Spanish, English, French and Dutch all had a different methods of colonization in the New World.

The Spanish came to conquor and exploit the weath that already existed. They detroyed the large empires that existed, took their wealth back to Spain and enslaved the remained population to mine and grow more lucrative trade products for them. They also attempted to expand the Spanish Empre by forcably converting the natives peoples to Christianity.

The French realized that they could get more from their colonization efforts by creating partnerships with the natives. French trappers would trade goods to native tribes for valuable furs. They did little settling and even less conversion because they didn't want to upset their trade relationships with the tribes. 

The English sought to set up permemant settlements along the Atlantic Coast. Some were set up by religious seperatists, businesses partnerships, or people who were owned lots of land by the English King. The English found that crops like tobacco and indigo grew very well and made lots of money off of them. 

The Dutch weren't in the New World very long before their settlements were taken over by the English, but they did set up trading posts to get in on the fur trade.


We’ve answered 334,029 questions. We can answer yours, too.

Ask a question