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How did the Spanish form of colonization shape North American history?

The aggressive nature of Spanish colonization shaped North American history by driving the British to colonize farther north in order to avoid military confrontations with Spain. This led eventually to British domination of almost all of the North American continent.

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The Spanish form of colonization was aggressive and relied on superior military technology, such as guns, to impose its will on a territory. This ruthlessness had a devastating effect on Native American populations and also helped determine the shape of North American history by its impact on British colonization.

The British deliberately colonized north of the forts established by the Spanish in places like Florida, because they did not want to risk potentially lethal confrontations with Spanish military power. For this reason, the English chose Jamestown as the location for their first successful colony. Not only was it far from Spanish territory, it was far enough inland to discourage attack from Spanish galleons roaming the Atlantic coast.

The Puritans, in turn, aimed for Virginia and were blown even farther north, colonizing the Massachusetts and New England area. A pattern developed in which the Spanish concentrated on southern areas of North America and on California, which they...

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