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Compare European immigrant experience in the east WITH Chinese immigrants/Mexican Americans in the West in late 19th and early 20th century.

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The English were religious intolerants who wanted to go to a new land were they could practice their religious fanaticism without interference from the intellectual renaissance that was happening in Europe. Not knowing any better, they brought with them crops that were unsuitable for that latitude and the first immigrants either died or returned to Europe in failure. The few who stayed were helped by the Indians who the English zealots considered heathen. So you could say that a bunch of religious fanatics got their asses saved by a bunch of heathen. The Mexicans were Spanish religious zealots who wanted to convert as many people as possible. Look at "El Camino Real" in California. This is the trail that was blazed by the Spaniards as they went up the west coast establishing one church after another (they are still there and you can go visit them). The Chinese came mostly during the gold rush and were later used as cheap labor for the railroads.

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Starting with the root causes, the English immigrants were mostly fleeing from religious persecution, while Chinese and Mexican immigrants were running from political persecution and poverty. Secondly, English immigrants had to contend with numerous challenges since they were travelling by ships, which wasn't the case with Mexican immigrants.

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