Defend or refute one of the following statements
1. Slavery of Africans had a greater impact in North America than it did in Central American, South America or the Caribbean.
2. Without question, the most important commodity during the era of European expansion was sliver.
3. The European Expansion was motivated purely by religious rivalries among the European power.
Choose one of the statements and defend or refute it in at least 300 words. Use MLA style and references.