second patterns of settlement have seen the rise of population in urban centers with urban
settlements harboring the majority of American societies. Essential towns including New York,
Toronto, Mexico provided a pull for people over different ages of settlement. Importantly, the
settlement patterns did unintentionally design by the availability of opportunity either
agricultural, industrial or trade. Other factors such as conflicts and pandemic conditions later
contributed to the population movements.
Factors Contributing to Settlement Patterns
The American continent after its discovery by European explorers provided a new
frontier of exploitation with vast, rich lands and potential for industrial opportunities. As such,
other factors that contributed to the settlement patterns included agrarian revolution, the
industrial revolution, trade, and continental conflicts.
The agrarian revolution started in Europe and had its perfection done in America since
America had largely arable lands capable of extensive agriculture. The agricultural revolution
drew large-scale investors to American farmlands who intern pushed small-scale settlers to urban
centers. The act propelled rural-urban migration with small-scale settlers moving to towns and
cities leaving rural farms for extensive agriculture. Agriculture needed vast labor force too.
Industrial revolution acts as the second factor that saw much of urban settlements turning
to industrial centers. Industries contributed much to offering opportunities for labor hence human
populations clogged around industries for job opportunities after leaving agricultural lands for
extensive agriculture. The pattern saw urban settlements grow in size and diversity.
Trade was another factor that played an essential role in defining the pattern of settlement
that followed in North American subregions. Trade saw the expansion of port cities as the most