European economic and cultural influence dramatically increased through explorations, conquests and colonization.
First Global Age
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North America, originally inhabited by American Indians, was explored and colonized by Europeans for economic and religious reasons.
Competition for control of territory and resources in North America led to conflicts among colonizing powers.
The practice of race-based slavery led to the forced migration of Africans to the American colonies and contributed to colonial economic development. Their knowledge, skills and traditions were essential to the development of the colonies.