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The promise of new riches and the potential discovery of the fabled Northwest Passage were the primary objectives which fueled the exploration of the New World Yet these goals were not practical enough when the European nations decided to colonize the Americas Apparently a prosperous and enduring colonial empire depended on self-sustaining economic development page 33 rather than an autocratic and rigidly controlled colony in which everything was to benefit the parent country The degree of success in colonizing the Americas would be measured by this fact As long as a country could quickly populate its colonies and establish a self-sufficient economy it would be ahead in the race to colonize the New World Although the new riches and the Northwest Passage were still sought after they werent the final motivations for colonization any longer Each country also had their individual set of objectives for exploring the Americas Spain along with its quest for riches became determined to convert the heathens to Catholicism The French and the Dutch stuck to the primary objectives of new riches and the discovery of the Northwest Passage England spurred by growing national rivalries with France and especially Spain explored the New World for the purpose of harassing the Spanish and also in the hopes that it would not get left behind in the exploration race Spain became the only country whose original intentions for exploring the New World translated into its final motivation for colonization The Spanish rigorously tried to convert the Indians and continued their search for silver and gold Englands initial quest for national superiority over Spain was added to its numerous motives for colonization while France and Holland digressed the most from their initial intentions by setting up lucrative fur trading scenarios with the local natives in the frontiers of their colonies Prior to Englands victory over the Spanish Armada in 1588 English exploration had been limited by religious and political turmoil There were only
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