Enlightenment And Curiosity Essay

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The Eighteenth Century was a period of increased science and reason; Religion was playing less of a role in the daily lives of the Colonists. With the increased use of the printing press, written documents could be obtained my the masses, thereby circulating ideas and theories throughout the navigable world. Because of the great influence of organized religion and ruling monarchies, many were unable to disregard ingrained notions of Anglican Christianity. The Enlightenment Movement brought forth the First Great Awakening, each providing aspects which affect the intended structure of the United States. Relationships between the English, French, American Indians, and new immigrants, became tense, thereby leading to destruction, ambition, fear, and hatred. However, alliances which were built and destroyed did not cross all lines, but rather lived peacefully along side remote their neighbors.
Thoughts of reason and science began to take over the Colonies, just as it had swept throughout the regions of the Atlantic Trade Route. Unconventional thoughts and great discoveries led by an Enlightenment overshadowed the Protestant and Eurocentric societies, thereby developing a reemergence of religion in daily life. Thomas Jefferson, although an individual of his own development, played a prominent political figure and was well respected by many stated that "Under the law of nature, all men are born free, every one comes into the world with a right to his own person, which includes the liberty of moving and using it at his own will. This is what is called personal liberty, and is given him by the Author of nature, because necessary for his own sustenance.” Jefferson challenged Buffon’s Histoire Naturelle des Oiseaux by studying and compiling biological information regarding the classification of all living creatures, past and present, and excavating archaeological sites. In the Frenchman’s version of the natural world, Comte de Buffon claimed that everything in America was “degenerated.” In turn, Jefferson had samples collected of various large animal hides and bones. He attempted to have Buffon reconsider his theories, thereby offering unknown samples of species, some larger, to the naturalist. Disputing customary...

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