What was the most important resources people where looking for in the Colonization of America?

I don't have much knowledge about this time, that's why i ask.

From hearing about the gold rush, i would put gold very high.

How is it about Gems? Like Emeralds, rubies and so?


Could someone make a ranking, like:

1. Gold

2. Coal

4 Answers

  • 8 months ago

    Freedom. The gold rush came after fur trading, that, after the settlers and immigrants.

    In days of the Spanish, it was about the land mass. a country to rule over and farm.

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  • 9 months ago

    Gold was a lesser motivator for settling North America. Mostly it was abundant farmland that drew people here. Some mining was done for various minerals, yes, but what people wanted were food and freedom.

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  • 9 months ago

    gold rush was well after the colonization, by 200 years or so.

    Reasons for colonization: land, furs, some gold, religious freedom, tobacco. How to rank them is nearly impossible.

    Gems, coal were not factors.

    British colonization of the Americas (including colonization by both the English and the Scots) began in 1607 in Jamestown, Virginia, and reached its peak when colonies had been established throughout the Americas. ... Other colonies in the Americas followed at a much slower pace.

    The California Gold Rush (1848–1855) was a gold rush that began on January 24, 1848, when gold was found by James W. Marshall at Sutter's Mill in Coloma, California.

    Systematic European colonization began in 1492, when a Spanish expedition headed by the Italian explorer Christopher Columbus sailed west to find a new trade route to the Far East but inadvertently landed in what came to be known to Europeans as the "New World". The Spaniards began building their empire of the Americas in the Caribbean, using islands such as Cuba, Puerto Rico, and Hispaniola as bases.

  • Adam D
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    9 months ago

    Initially, the search was for gold. The Spanish had come away from their conquest of South America with tons of the stuff, and the powers colonizing North America hoped for the same.

    When they didn't find gold, they developed resources. You could say land was really the resource that was important. Sugar farming in the Caribbean, tobacco in the British colonies, the fur trade in the north, all of these required space.

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