While the United States emerged largely from the English colonial empire, the Spanish, French, and Dutch also had empires in the New World. The Spanish were the first Europeans to colonize the Americas. Discuss the evolution and development of their empire in North America from the time of Christopher Columbus forward to the 1520s. What was the Columbian Exchange? In your analysis, to what degree are historians correct in contending that the Spanish were motivated by three factors: gold, glory, and God? Then trace the development of the French and Dutch empires. To what degree were they successful? How were their empires different from that of the Spanish?