Sample History Paper on aspects of American history in the early period

As a result of your studies, how have your previous ideas been challenged?

American history is undoubtedly the richest historical account available since the inception of human civilization. The chronological follow-up of events one after another ensures that each historical occurrence can be traced back to when it happened, what caused it, and what it caused. Studying American history has elicited a change in heart in me. Many of my previous thoughts and ideas have been challenged right to the core. These studies have shown that nothing in the American historical timeline happened by chance, every occurrence was preceded by another. I initially thought that it was only Christopher Columbus who was sent to discover land in America. However, this course opened my eyes to see that even the British and the French had explorers in America. This helped me understand how the French, British, and Spanish came to own colonies in mainland America. This lesson explains the reason behind the rich American culture having an aspect of Spanish and French culture.

Did you learn anything that might have changed the way you see certain aspects of American history in the early period?

The connection between the founding of America and Christopher Columbus had always been a mystery to me. I did not understand why this particular explorer was highly considered by many historians yet he was not the only explorer to land in America. This course taught me that it was his connection to freedom from the Spanish who sent him that made him popular with the American history. His arrival to the American mainland was in many respects different from that of his other fellow explorers such as John Cabot. Columbus kick-started a process that culminated to the respect of human life and dignity of every individual. This brought about the desire to be free and the belief that freedom was attainable. Columbus’ way of doing things landed him in trouble during one of his voyages as his fellow colonialists sent him back to Spain in chains. However, his daring explorations greatly transformed the new World.

Do you see the Colonial and Revolutionary periods in a different way?

Before doing this course, I always had negative thoughts concerning the colonial and revolutionary periods. I thought America would have just been fine in the absence of these two events. The negative aspects that resulted from both the Colonial and Revolutionary periods such as the numerous deaths of Native Americans only cemented my position. I have always been a strong opposer of any act that leads to the loss of lives. Nevertheless, this course has opened my eyes to see the important aspects of these periods. The Colonial period is responsible for the fundamental aspects of industrialization that made the United States an industrial giant. The Revolutionary period, on the hand, helped foster a sense of brotherhood in American civilians that helped them win in losing scenarios. It created an indefatigable urge among Americans to achieve freedom and pursue the American Dream.

Have you seen something you previously knew from a different point of view?

The whole American history has dawned on me from a different view. I knew that the Colonial period involved several European countries, but I didn’t expect the likes of the Dutch to feature in the list. I also knew that the American heritage is a conglomerate of several European heritages, but this course has vividly explained how these European countries came along to own a chunk of America and establish themselves. The inclusion of explorers like Amerigo Vespucci and John Cabot further cemented my initial view that Columbus was not the sole discoverer of America.