How did the Renaissance indirectly lead to the discovery of the Americas? 

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The Renaissance led indirectly to the "discovery" of the Americas because it created an intellectual atmosphere that promoted exploration.

Before the Renaissance, there was relatively little interest in science.  People generally attributed everything to God's will and were not interested in deeper investigation.  With the Renaissance, this changed.  People started to think in a more scientific way and they started to be more interested in understanding the natural world.  This attitude of wanting to know things helped to develop navigational tools that were needed for long voyages.  This attitude also led to a desire to explore so as to find out what the rest of the world was truly like.  In these ways, the intellectual attitude promoted by the Renaissance helped lead to the exploration that led to the discovery of the Americas.

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