Factors Of Colonization
The British Empire in the course of history has proven to be one of the greatest amongst the empires that prevailed. Three of the major colonies during the height of the British power includes Virginia, Massachusetts and Netherlands.
As this colonization may be attributed to several factors, the British Empire mainly concentrated on their goal to extend power over rich markets. According to Parry, colonization in these states happened mainly because, the British have seen these states as commercial markets that are ready for expansion. The rich resources in these countries acted as magnets for the British conquerors. These countries’ potential in producing raw materials for the empire, and their probable ability to increase the empire’s strength in its defense and strategic possession of territory is also an important factor of the colonization. The strategic locations of these countries will enhance Britain’s defensive strategy against aggressors and will also add to their capability in launching offensive attacks to their “potential” colonies.
As these three colonies have proven to be rich and a potential addition to the greatness of wealth, power and prestige to the already powerful British empire, it may also serve as an emerging market. At one point, they can also serve as absorbers and markets for the surplus of technology, labor force and political inferiority in the mother country.
At the downfall of the British Empire, it lost its colonies after the American Revolution. And soon after this, the Americans has ascended to its reign. The colonies lost were utilized, for the same purposes, as markets and allies for the American’s rise to power.
Parry, J.H. 1971. Trade and Dominion.