The British in the Age of Exploration by Teddy Fister and Jake Flom
The Union Jack

The British were very prosperous country in the Age of Exploration. They excelled in, having power, colonizing other countries, religion, social structure, arts, and technology. They were a powerful nation that succeeded and survived to the present day. While the Roman, Aztec, and Greek culture all died, the British survived. They have been a prosperous since the founding of Britain in 927, which was when England was found and they have been an advancing nation always keeping up with the world around them. The British were a very prosperous country and they will always be remembered as the nation of great advancement and the nation of the Union Jack.

The British were a very continuous country and liked to keep advancing. One of their strong-points was colonization, and having a lot of land. The British had land in, the West Indies, the East Indies (India and Bangladesh), America (mostly in present day (New York, Virginia, Pennsylvania, Delaware, and other states),
A British ship that in the Age of Exploration could have been used to colonize other countries
Newfoundland, The Kingdom of England, and The Kingdom of Scotland. They were the first to ever colonize, Australia, India, and Africa. In 1496 John Cabot went to Asia to found a colony and although he landed in Asia there was no hope to found a colony. The reason that the British left their own country is because Britain was getting over crowded and they had a lot of poverty, also because they were running out of place to grow food. The British had lots of people who went out to attempt a colonization including, John Cabot, Walter Raleigh, Gilbert, and many others. Only a few had success including Walter Raleigh in Virginia. The British liked to have a lot of power and by having more land they had more power. The British had a lot of land by the end of the Age of Exploration and they also had a lot of power.

The British had a weird daily life and a complicated social structure back in the age of exploration. In America, daily life now is that the wealthy and poor kids go to school. In other countries around the world only wealthy kids go to school while the rest go to work or are slaves. Back in the Age of Exploration, if you lived in Britain and you weren’t wealthy, you were working starting at an early age. If you were wealthier you got to go to great, but expensive schools. There was no such thing as a public school. The Monarchs were the highest and most respected people in America. The nobles were held with a great respect but not as much as the monarchs the only way to be a noble was if you were first born and you’re father was a noble. Under the nobles were the gentry who were very respected and if you’re father was a gentry than so were you if you weren’t the first son of a noble than you were a gentry. After gentry were the baronets, there sons were automatically excepted into knighthood at age 21. They were addressed as sir and wife as lady. Knights were the fighters of the kingdom and were ranked below baronets. If you were a knight you could lose your knighthood. Next were Yeomen which were independent farmers. They had a lot of acres of land and they sold all of it for there benefit.
A map of Britain
were merchants and citizens which could be prosperous and many of them were but some of them were not. Lastly was the workforce which worked for others for a wage. They were the ones that were in poverty the most. The Britain's had a confusing Social Structure but it had a very little rate of poverty, because of this the Britain's excelled at advancing throughout the centuries.

The British had a very strict religion, their biggest religion started in the 1600’s which was Christianity and the two biggest forms of this was Catholic and Reformed. Catholicism was resented in the 1500s and that resulted in some priests being killed, fined, or put in jail. But before the 1500s the Monarchy government decided that Catholicism was the main religion through-out Great Britain. Many people didn't like the idea that the Religion was Catholicism and a lot of fights broke out against the religions, but the Monarchs kept that plan until the 1600s when they let the Jewish back into Great Britain. William Shakespeare was a true born Catholic which is why he was so successful with his plays, because he didn't have to worry about being kicked out of Great Britain. Although Great Britain was successful in many other things, religion wasn’t their strong point, and many people died because of the Brit
A golden armour for field tournaments
ish religion.

The British weren’t the best at arts and technology in the Age of Exploration because they had a lot of there attention on colonization of the new world. However they still were prosperous in the arts and the country of Britain was home of arguably the best play writer, William Shakespeare. William Shakespeare was a catholic and he was probably the best play writer ever to live. He wrote mostly tragedies including, Macbeth, Hamlet, and Othello. He was married at age 18 and had 3sons. He mostly performed his plays in Stratford and England. They also had paintings with ink on tempura, they also had steel armor, painted gold armor for field tournaments, shoes made out of leather, and pilgrim badges. Pilgrim badges were given to people who had gone to any big Christian site. In 1564 Guilliam Boonen came from the Netherlands to be Queen Elizabeth's first coach builder. A stage coach was like the in buggy and a writer had recorded that the wealthy women rode up the streets in their coaches. The British had a lot of other things to worry about back in the Age of Exploration mainly colonization but they never slacked off in the other main topics like arts and technology.

The British were a country that liked to advance which is why they are still around today. They excelled at colonizing other countries and holding power, arts and technology, they had a good social structure, and they had a pretty good religious system. The British colonized in many different places around the world and their goal was to colonize the new world, as was every other countries goal in the Age of Exploration. However the difference between the British and other countries was that the British were the best at colonizing; better than any other country or nation. The British were a prosperous country that will be remembered throughout the ages as the nation of advancement, and the nation that salutes to the Union Jack


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