Age Of Exploration

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Age of Exploration – The European Colonization of the World The 16th century presented a huge social and economic change in Europe and even the world with the start of European exploration. Explorers from European nations such as Portugal and Spain changed the way the Europe worked at the time and shaped the world into what it is today. Many factors lead to this time period becoming the Age of exploration. The state of financial success and economic stability in the western nations put them at an advantage to explore compared to other nations. The merchant class created a connection and trade route to other areas which gave way to financial gain in those areas. The absurd taxes on trade through the traditional Constantinople route forced Europe to find another way to India. Moreover the church gave special powers to nations when exploring the world in order to strengthen the religion. On top of that catholic nations didn’t want to trade with the ottomans because that would mean helping a Muslim nation. Civilians also loved the idea of exploration because they believed in a paradise in another nation. Furthermore fate had a hand in the matters by presenting the nations with a need to go elsewhere to avoid the Ottoman Empire. The geographical location of Spain and Portugal made them perfect nations for the job along with discovered wind systems that made travel easier. Fortune played its role in creating the time period. The European nations had an economy that was unmatched by other nations and had a powerful merchant class pushing the trade options, all the while pushing through struggles with Muslim taxes. Spain and Portugal possessed an impressive navy that no other country could match or even afford to manage. “Few states outside Europe possessed the financial and material resources to construct and maintain naval forces similar
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