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Israel Gutierrez
HIST 1301
Lockwood
8 March 2015
Book Review

Israel Gutierrez
HIST 1301
Professor Lockwood
8 March 2015
Essay
Life in the new world is totally different then what we learned in grade school right? From the facts that were given to us are not the exact ones than the ones in this book. The shaping of the colonial American way of life was affected by many factors: natural sources religion, race, gender, and violence. With not much knowledge of the land, survival was a necessity and the fear of the Native American their way of life started from scratch. Without any actual control from the British government in the new world, the colonist were governing themselves, and thus a new nation would be created thought out the next two centuries. Land and wealth were the key obstacles to overcome in the western hemisphere, but it would be achieved by betrayal and force. The creation of farms, the indenter severs policy, the help from the Swedish mostly the Germans though, and the Africans brought to the new world helped us have a better understanding period of life through out early civilization in American history. To begin, the creation of the farms was a significant role in the adaption and survival in the early days of American history. Many young and anxious men were on the ships heading into the new world, but the only problem was that they were unexperienced in any form of starting from the very bottom. As Hawke quotes in his book, Everyday Life In Early America “A settler could clear in a year no more than an acer or two, and in a lifetime he would have less than a hundred acers. . .” (Pg.32). Upon arriving in the 17th century the soon to be colony, many Englishmen got land, but had to do something with it in order to make a living and seek wealth. This means that in order for the lifestyle they all dreamed of they had to clear out the land by taking down all the tress, and having to produce a farm in order to produce some food, money, and a house. This matter because many newcomers didn’t expect this thus, it was like a survival of the fittest on seeing who can come out from the bottom, and making it to the “American dream”. A life’s time of hard work and dedication was what many Englishmen over came by clearing the land, and making a profit out of it so it can be passed on into their next generation. Secondly, the indenter servants brought to the new world helped us have a better understanding period of life through out early civilization in American history. In the early 17th century the trip across the Atlantic wasn’t for everyone; few families made it together, but many individuals had to technically “work” their way into a new life. In Everyday Life In Early America the author states, “For most the single choice was to become hired hand; if thrifty, diligent, and not cheated by the new master, he might accumulate enough money to buy land.” (Hawke Pg.124). Many young individuals came to the new world as indenter servant, being a servant for a maximum of seven or six years for whoever paid for the trip from Europe across the Atlantic. This means that now they must be a servant or worker until your time is up, and after that you were considered a free citizen having the ability to purchase and own land. This matters because it help grow the population in the colonies thus, expanding it west into more land and a higher possibility of making a new colony. The system that was introduced was a well maintained because it created labor worker in the south, but as the demand was rising and the workers were dropping the slave trade would be the solution. Next on, the help from the Swedish mostly the Germans though helped us have a better understanding period of life through out early civilization in American history. In grade school we were taught that when the British were the only ones in the east coast trying to make the wilderness into a civilized place. To my surprise Hawke states in his book,…