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Early American Literature Essay 1 October 10 2000 America The Most Unpredictable Ending Ever Language has proved itself to be the single most powerful force in history Hurricanes gale force winds dictators floods fires nor nuclear weapons carry a fraction of the energy--energy that can destroy construct and manipulate-- that words can carry Words are a modern worlds connection to the past through documents books and letters society in modernity analyzes interprets and reconstructs events of the past and then either writes some more about that event makes it into a historically inaccurate movie or throws the facts into a dramatic recreation and calls it a documentary Language is the first manipulation humans make on anything from when we first give something a name we have manipulated what it is in our minds Of course going through life not giving things names would be very confusing for all of us so we name things and do not think much of it We put language to experiences and many times do not think much of it But other times t he language we use is very structured and controlled in order to shape a situation or place When the Americas were discovered by Christopher Columbus a great manipulation of language took place He used the power of words and names to claim massive amounts of land and transform the newly found continent forever He most likely didnt realize that he and the people who followed were going to be instruments of its transformation nevertheless they were The Spanish explorers were responsible for physical changes on the land virtual genocide of the cultures already present and documentation of rivers valleys harbors bays and the like They were very strong influences but it wasnt until a small group of people from England sailed to New England that the idea of America began to emerge once the idea of America was shaped the
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