Explain the factors that led to European exploration in the 15th century?Explain the factors that led to European exploration in the 15th century?

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litteacher8 | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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The main factor that led to European exploration was the climate and lack of land available in Europe. Tiny land-locked countries can only expand by taking a colony. They also could not produce all of the goods they wanted, and they needed spices and silk from the Orient. The result was to send out the ships!
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I think that the second post means to use the word "imperial," not "empirical."  Those are very different things.

The formula that is often used to describe the Europeans' motives is "God, gold, and glory."  The Europeans went out for God (to Christianize the heathens in the rest of the world), for gold (to get rich) and for glory (to become famous for being the first to "find" one thing or another.

It is up to each person individually to decide which of these "g" words actually had the most to do with the Europeans' decision to go exploring.

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