European Exploration : The Age Of Discovery

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European states decided to partake in global explorations in the early fifteenth century. By doing so, this opened up a new chapter in world history, known as the Age of Discovery. During this time, Europe expanded to the Americas, Africa, and the Far East being the first orbit around the world. “Profound misconceptions about geography and the cultures of local populations would change very slowly throughout he early centuries of European exploration.” (The Saylor Foundation The European Voyages of Exploration: Introduction). Europeans had a hard time believing there was life outside of Europe before they explored. European nations reached out and influenced the entire world from the 1500s to the 1750s. Along with the global exploration, the Scientific Revolution and the Atlantic Slave Trade were also two of the most influential happenings during this time period.
With the means and motives, Europe advanced rapidly and influenced other nations like the Americas and Africa. Europeans had ships, navigation, and gunpowder weapons. They were motivated with: the trade of gold and silver, national power, or mercantilism, religion, and crusade.
Europe’s geography allowed Europe to easily trade with other nations. “Geography provides a starting point for explaining European’s American empires. Countries on the Atlantic rim of Europe (Portugal, Spain, Britain, and France) were simply closer to the Americans than were any potential Asian competitors.” (Strayer 619). Europe…
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