The following report is what a think tank circa 1750 might have written:
These were the first Europeans to arrive on the American continent and have now been there over 250 years. Though initially they behaved savagely toward the indigenous people, torturing and murdering them in large numbers, their primary aim seemed to be to satisfy their appetite for metal: for the gold in particular (which they were able, through the labor of the Native Americans, to extract from the earth).
But interestingly, far from positioning themselves as a "master race" in perpetuity, the Spanish seem eager to intermarry with the indigenous peoples. We predict therefore that in the areas now controlled by the Spanish, the majority of the population will eventually be of mixed European and Native American descent.
These people seem most interested in trade with the native peoples of the northern areas as well as establishing plantations in the islands of what Europeans refer to as the West Indies, and on the mainland in the region at the mouth of the great river, the Mississippi. This region they have named Louisiana after their great king. In addition to sending their people here as traders and to establish agriculture, they have also used America as a place to exile undesirable elements of their own populations, such as criminals and religious dissenters.
Although they have sent their own people to America as colonists, they have not done this in as large numbers as they might have. In addition to their primary economic interest in America, they have made constant attempts to convert the native peoples to their religion. But so far the French show less open hostility and less of a tendency to subjugate or massacre Native Americans than other Europeans have done.
Of the three groups under discussion here, the English are those who seem the most intolerant of the indigenous people; they are less likely to wish to intermarry with them than the Spanish are and less likely simply to want to trade with them than the French are. The English apparently believe it is their mission to conquer this continent—either because it is their destiny to do so or because their God has promised it to them.
They are also—especially those who have settled on the northern mainland coast, which they call New England—people who have been exiled from their native England because of religious dissent for the differences between their form of their religion, Christianity, and that of the ruling class in England. Often they regard the Native Americans as "devils" and wish to push them back into the interior of the continent, claiming and taking more and more land for themselves.
They are better organized than the other Europeans and seem to have a single-mindedness about them in their drive to work, which they consider a kind of ultimate virtue that will prove they are of the elect of their God. Differences, however, do exist among the various English groups. Those who have settled the "middle" region, part of which they call Pennsylvania after their leader there, are more peaceful and have tended to deal more fairly with the indigenous people rather than simply "taking" their land from them.
It appears as if a clash among these different European groups, larger than the previous wars, is likely to occur in the near future, and one or more of the powers will be weakened or expelled. It is anyone's guess how they will treat the Native peoples once this has occurred.