The Americas economy is founded on genocide, slavery, opium, tobacco, war, imperialism, and hard work and they are at the core of the development of Americas and the American economic system. America’s development and civilization are rooted in economic conquest and the drive for wealth and personal gain. The voyage of discovery that was undertaken by Christopher Columbus took place for economic reasons as he was attempting to find a shorter way to the Orient in order to develop more profitable trade routes. From the very outset the people of the Bahamas and Caribbean were exploited by the Europeans where over a million died as they were forced into slavery to mine gold and gems for the Spanish during the early days of discovery. The entire native population of the Bahamas and Caribbean was pushed to extinction in less than 100 years. The rush for wealth came quick after the discovery of the “New World”.
All the major powers of Europe engaged in imperialism and conquest of the Americas, and the primary motivating factor behind this was wealth creation. Slavery was necessary in order to get the colonies, and later the countries’ economy going at the level it did, and it was necessary and a major cause for the American Revolution. Another major cause of the American Revolution was the debt to British merchants by tobacco farmers. Tobacco was a critical crop for America, it was the country’s largest cash crop, and slavery was an integral part of tobacco farming. The single largest source of revenue for the colonies prior to the revolution was the sale of tobacco. The American Revolution was economically based in the protection of slavery and wealth. The Revolutionaries were fighting against authority in order to preserve their way of life, which was dependent on slavery and opposed to taxation.
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