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Effects Of The Age Of Exploration On Africa

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7. The Age of Exploration had a long-lasting effect on Africa and the Americas. Europeans were initially interested in finding alternate trade routes to Asia because the Ottoman Empire had monopolized the routes that had been used in the past. The Americas were discovered on accident, but shortly afterwards Europeans began to colonize the continent. As a result, Native Americans suffered as well as Africans who were later exploited during the Atlantic slave trade.

In the Americas, European settlers and conquistadors brought disease that devastated Native American communities. They also forced many Native Americans off their land to build settlements. Many native cultures were almost completely destroyed because of Europeans coming to America.
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