The Exploration and Settling of the Americas and Ethical Reasoning

26Jan 2022 by

*12-point font *Standard Font (nothing fancy; black only) *Maximum of 1-inch margins *Minimum of 700
words (approximately 2-3 pages) – I will use word count to determine the final length of the paper. Paper
must be either a Word document or PDF submitted through the Blackboard Assignment Tool.
This assignment will ask you to consider your personal core values and if, and/or how, those values can be
applied to historical persons and their actions.
The exploration of the Americas in the 16th and 17th Centuries by the Spanish, French and British had a profound
impact on history, especially the lives of the Native populations who lived there. Our purpose in this paper is to
analyze the actions of the explorers and settlers during this period and to judge them in the context of your core
beliefs and ethical values.
Before beginning your paper, read your textbook regarding the exploration and settlement in North America
during the late 16
th and the 17th century. I also encourage you to seek other sources for your understanding of
this period and events. This is not a formal research paper, so you do not need a bibliography or citations.
Assignment Instructions
Title with Name: Centered at top of first page: Example:
Exploration and Settling of the Americas and Ethical Reasoning
By Kevin Wooten
Paragraph 1: What are your core beliefs? Core beliefs are fundamental principles that consciously or
unconsciously influence your ethical conduct and thinking. It includes how you treat your environment, yourself
and other people. Ex: Be kind to others; Be a good steward of nature; Never back down, etc.) These core beliefs
could be innate (naturally occurring) or could be learned from one’s environment (family, peers), religion,
culture (society’s values) or training (school, government). You should describe at least two of your core beliefs
and how you believe you acquired them. Explain how you do, or do not, act on them in your daily life.
Paragraph 2: Consider other people from other places/environments. Is it possible that under certain
circumstances that it is acceptable to alter, ignore, or reject your core beliefs based on their individual
circumstances? In other words, is there a “gray area?” For each of your two core beliefs describe theoretically
how and why your ethical standards might not be used. In other words, put yourself in another person’s shoes.
What situation might arise where it is acceptable to alter from your core belief?
Paragraph 3: Explain, in your own words, the process of exploring and settling North America by European
Empires. Consider the reasons behind it and, the actions of those people and organizations (government,
military, businesses, religious groups) who were part of it, and how it impacted the land and people they
encountered. Giving at least 2 specific and detailed examples, describe ways in which they went against your
personal core beliefs.
Paragraph 4: Explain why it might be acceptable under the circumstances in which they lived. What personal
factors and/or events may have led these people and/or institutions to act as they did? What was their ethical
justification/reasoning?