I do not count the contact achieved by the Welsh and Norse adventurers of an earlier time.
From the "Old World" first came the Spanish Colonies. For the most part ordered and consistent in social structure...religion, political system derived from Spanish Royalty. Whose weakness was the shortage of colonizers.
Then the English efforts began at Roanoke and Jamestown and Plymouth. At first militarily oriented with mostly soldiers building the settlements. Later came Families, which came as "Fundamental Change" to the initial military/exploratory orientation. It was learned that Family presence was more stable to settlement. But this may have been the plan all along. The soldiers get a toehold, so that the Families can further establish and expand.
Then to Maryland came a Catholic effort. Which employed some different methods of social structure than the Protestant English Colonies further to the South.
Then the Dutch got the ports of trade started; New York, New Amsterdam, etc.
All of these, while being similar generally, had unique ways of living, thinking and running their affairs. Different ways for deciding their policies.
But they could all be called American Colonies. My point being that diversity was a strong presence right from the beginning and influenced Our Beginnings. Diversity caused difference of opinion and, at the same time offered choices of way and means to conduct Our Societies affairs. Diversity caused contention and possibilities for change for the better...because difference is seen and learned from.
These settlements were sufficiently isolated from each other so that they did not wage war on each other, but instead focused on becoming More and Better...in their own way. They had "business" in common. Business is what bound them. There was conflict later, when these settlements started bumping into each other and boundaries had to be established. Jealousies over sovereignty.
But, it was Fundamental Change, at first, for these variations of European Society to not shed each others blood. It was the circumstances of their lives that made this so and not so much any lessons being learned about Human Ways. When the crowding started the fighting did also.
So. It looks to me like circumstances can also be influential in the utilizing of Fundamental Change, along with mentally and emotionally proceeding from discomfort. Bad circumstances, which generate discomfort, spur change. Good circumstances tend to establish contentment with one's lot.
In "Part One" of this blog series, I mentioned "Surface Consequential Changes" that are part of daily living. I now see that these subtle daily changes can accumulate over time to also cause Fundamental Change. But because Humans have a tendency to try and adjust and get used to circumstances, (That's just the way thing are!), "Surface Consequential Change" might take a long time to be an influence. We tend to want to make do with what We have. Some of Us anyway. This tends to be a Conservative Mindset that older Humans reach. When younger We may have been more ambitious and less accepting of status-quo...of the "way things are.".Hunger for change is natural to those who feel they are not getting what they want. But this is rarely a consideration for the well being of The Many...an art form for Individuals to achieve.
As the colonies developed, methods of communication underwent Fundamental Change. The settlements developed paths of communication with each other. The circumstances that spurred this were those that came with the danger that came from the Original People that were being pushed Westward or wiped out. The Fundamental Change was applied to ways to increase colonial success at the expense of the peoples who had prior claim to the land. It could have happened, but didn't, that the Colonizers could have gone around lands that were the homes of Original Peoples and focused on unsettled areas. The Colonizers could have honored this peaceful way. But they didn't. Such would have been too much for them to comprehend...even with the Golden Rule and the "Teachings Of Jesus". The Colonists were Individuals who first served self and were just not Evolved enough to care about different peoples. They just could not see that the "Wilderness" in front of them, was occupied territory. And if they did they would not acknowledge the validity of that inhabitation. Now, any Fundamental Change that would correct this terrible wrongness would involve great sacrifice from The Many, in the surrendering and return of land. We might have to wait until something reduces the population enough to make this not such an ordeal.
When the Colonies began to organize with each other, they began to inspire fear of loss of control to the parent culture; Britain. This brought suppression and a renewed movement toward the domination of The Many by the few. The corporations teamed up with the old governments and the military to tighten and maintain control.
This led to a tremendous Fundamental Change We know as a nation. Our Nation. The Colonies solidified into states. The states formed into a Confederacy, which became a Constitutional Republic that fairly quickly stumbled into a Federal Republic. Each step or stumble being an expression of Fundamental Change that failed because of the few.
In "Part Three" of this blog series, I will attempt to identify how Fundamental Change was altered or reversed by the machinations of "the few". By the incessant pull of the less, in Individuals, in opposition to some Evolution toward the More.