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Why Europeans Sought To Study

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Europeans sought to explore lands outside of Europe in order to alleviate a trade deficit and to spread Christianity around the world. During the 15th century spices became extremely popular and were highly sought after during the trading process. The spices were used for flavoring food, making perfume, embalming the dead, preserving meat and added to salve recipes in traditional medicine. Europeans began to view these goods as necessary and would trade for them. However, because these goods were shipped from so far away they were rather expensive. Europeans did not have enough items to trade so they began using gold to pay for the goods resulting in the gold supply drastically reducing. Naturally, a depression occurred within Europe
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