How was each of the following a motivation for the Age of Exploration
explanation details of each one
1. Wanted to find new trade routes
2. Wanted to spread Christianity;
3. Wanted to gain new knowledge
4. Wanted to take wealth and resources
5. Fame and Praise
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The desire to find new trade routes was a major motivation for the Age of Exploration. One of the most important goods in Europe at this time was spices which came from Southeast Asia. The spices had to come by way of the Middle East and various Europeans (particularly the Spanish and Portuguese) wanted to find a way to get the spices for themselves. They explored in part to find ways to get from Europe to Southeast Asia to buy spices for themselves.
The desire to spread Christianity was also important. Europeans at this time believed that all who were not Christian would go to Hell after they died. They believed that they had a duty to spread the word of God so that they could save people from damnation.
The desire for new knowledge was also somewhat of a motivation for exploration. This was a time when Europeans were becoming more interested in finding out how the world worked. They were becoming less interested in following what the church told them and more interested in scientific knowledge. By going out exploring, they were carrying out this goal, finding out more about the world they lived in.
In addition to trying to find new trade routes, Europeans also hoped to get wealth by finding things like gold and jewels in the new lands that they “discovered.” Individual Europeans hoped to be given lands in new countries as happened with many of the Conquistadors.
Finally, explorers wanted fame and praise (and countries wanted glory). They wanted the glory of being the first people to “find” various things. They hoped that their names would go down in history in the ranks of great explorers. This is similar to how people today try to be the first to climb a certain mountain via a certain route or, some decades ago, to be the first to fly an airplane from one place to another.
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