Rise of the West

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The age of exploration lasted from about 1418 to 1620 in the 15th century. In this period, many European explorers made voyages that changed world’s history. Also, trade with the East was difficult and expensive as well. The Muslims and Italians controlled the flow of trade. “Up to the 1400s, European trade with Asian cultures was centered in the Mediterranean Sea and controlled by Muslim merchants who had geographic access to the Orient. The demand for the luxury goods from the Orient made Europeans eager to develop an all water route to Asia that would eliminate their dependence on Muslim merchants.” This was a problem for Europe because the Muslim rulers sometimes would close the trade routes from Asia to Europe. The Europeans did not want the Muslims and Italians to control the trade, so they decided to find a sea route to Asia. One major reason for the voyages that the European explorers made was to find sea routes that went to East Asia, otherwise known as the Indies as Europeans called them. Christopher Columbus sailed west across the Atlantic Ocean to find a route that went to East Asia, but he landed in the Americas. The Europeans realized that he found what they called the “New World” and not East Asia . This age of exploration made European nations rush to claim lands in the Americas for themselves. Even though the Europeans found a lot of land, the early explorers suffered many hardships. Another motive that led to the age of exploration was that many people wanted to gain more knowledge and the explorations were encouraged by national governments, which had to be ones that were wealthy enough to finance such exploration. The Europeans were also encouraged to explore the world because they had to look for things th... ... middle of paper ... ... ultimately into the hands of Italian and German bankers and merchants.” The age of exploration facilitated the rise of Europe because they expanded their land, which equals more power, achieved wealth and many valuable goods, the economic condition were improving, the population was increasing and gained a lot of knowledge. Works Cited “HIS 101 – Western Civilization I Lecture 12--The Age of Discovery.” Central Virginia Community College. 2014. Website. 5/2/14. <>. Kreis, Steven. “Lecture 2: The Age of Discovery.” The History Guide. 2013. Website. 5/2/14. <>. “Western European Culture--Significant Developments, 1450—1815.” CUIP – In the Schools. 2014. Website. 5/2/14. .
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