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England was the first country to compete with Spain for claims in the New World, although it was too weak to do this openly at first. But Queen Elizabeth of England supported such explorations and England started its settlements in North America as early as the 1570s. However, it was discovered that supporting colonies far away from London was extremely costly. History experts also suggest that the new settlers did not have sufficient skills to survive on the new land, which slowed down the pace of colonizing America in the 15th century.