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America has grown in vast numbers since the early 1600s Today Americas population has grown close to 314 million people Through the growing of America the American Dream is evident in three different ways through the Pre-Colonial and Colonial eras of American literary history For example the settlers in New England never lost faith when times were bad believing the future holds something greater for their lives Additionally becoming independent is a trait that was greatly celebrated in this era Similarly the belief that the new land had much to offer settlers is an influential part of the rhetoric used to convince many foreigners they should experience this new way of life All in all the beginning of American literary history in the Pre-Colonial and Colonial eras was a time where the American dream was established and marked a time of change in goals for the life of an American To begin early explorers and settlers trusted that progress would be made ensuring their lives would continue growing in improvement In Anne Bradstreets Burning of Our House her burning home shows how her hopes could have gone down with the building yet she remains motivated Although all of her belongings were gone she had faith that her life would continue to improve Her possessions were not as great as the life and land in which she lives Bradstreet believes that she will be able to make it on her own even though all of her earnings are gone Next Columbus letter narrative to a Spanish prince discusses the way of the islanders in order to persuade the Spanish citizens to journey to the new found land to find a better life Columbus was determined to discover more and more territory for his homeland as an act of service to the Spanish monarchy and for the future of Spain With his discoveries the Spanish way of life would spread across the world because of the
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