Homework One Answers - Student Fourteen

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Here are my answers to this assignment.

1. Which time period or periods in American History do you expect to enjoy studying the most? Why?

I look most forward to studying the American Revolution because I always was inspired by our founding and the principles our Founders had when founding our Republic.

Superb answer.

2. When do you think Native Americans came here, and was it right for Europeans to settle here afterward?

I believe the Native Americans settled here from a Chinese settlement in the 5th century and do believe it was right for Europeans to settle here just as Native Americans have.

But Native Americans are nothing like Chinese, and your answer or theory should address the fundamental differences. The second part of your answer seems incomplete. If someone obtains right to property by settling on it and living there for decades, does give anyone else the right to intrude on the same property later? Not under the law. (Minus 2).

3. Christopher Columbus: overrated, or not given enough credit? Explain.

Christopher Columbus was indeed a God-fearing man and made a heroic voyage to the Americas and deserves credit for that. However, his voyages do gain more prominence than those of other explorers including Amerigo Vespucci (who America was named after).

Good.

4. True or false: the Puritans came to America in order to separate church from state (government). Explain.

False. Puritans came to America for religious freedom to practice their religion, not to separate religion from government or daily life.

Terrific answer!

7. In what ways did the colonies help build the economic strength of England?

The colonies supplied raw materials to England in which they used and sold to the colonies and England had surpluses.

Could explain a bit more. The English used the raw materials to produce finished goods to sell back to the colonies ... at a substantial profit. (Minus 1).

8. Spain settled America before England did. So why is the United States an English-speaking nation, rather than a Spanish speaking one?

While Spain did come to the Americas first, England gained more power and influence and settled the American colonies, so the U.S. would naturally be an English-speaking nation.

Good, but more to the story. (Minus 1).

--JamesWilson 19:38, 11 February 2011 (EST)

Grade: 56/60. Good start.--Andy Schlafly 12:53, 13 February 2011 (EST)