Christopher Columbus And The Middle Of A Population Revival

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In the mid 15th century, Europe was in the middle of a population revival as well as a boost in economic activity after the Black Death. Some Iberian explorers began setting out on voyages, as the revival created a demand of luxuries, such as spices, in the East. This expansion also was also caused by religious fervor. The Christian reconquista encouraged the Portuguese and Spanish to continue the Christian crusade. Portugal sent Vasco da Gama and Spain sent Christopher Columbus to find a trading route to Asia (History, 432). Both da Gama and Columbus were sailors on a mission to Asia, but the nature of their expedition and the consequences set them apart.

Christopher Columbus was a Genoese map maker. Knowledgeable about the ocean, he had experience with Portuguese navigational developments and using a compass as a nautical tool. Columbus was also a religious man, and saw Christianity as a missionary religion. In fact, he planned to spread Christianity to the people in Asia. Columbus was not just inspired by his Christian faith, but also by the work done by geographers and travelers before him. In his first voyage, “The Enterprise of the Indies”, he set out to find a direct trading route to Asia. In 1486, he was rejected by the Portuguese for any funding, but in 1492, the king and queen of Spain funded his journey. Columbus is known to be a controversial figure. There are some who glorify him as a great explorer, but others see him as an invader, taking…
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