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European Exploration of America

While Christopher Columbus and his crew of explorers were not the first Europeans to set foot on land in the western hemisphere (i.e., temporary Norse timber colonies of Leifsbudir and Straumsfjord...

Latest answer posted August 6, 2015 9:53 pm UTC

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The British Empire owed its success to many factors. One key to its success was its efficient taxation system. While this angered colonists, British taxes funded the realm, and the empire did not...

Latest answer posted March 30, 2019 12:20 pm UTC

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Christopher Columbus's voyages had a profound impact on Europe. As it became clear that he had discovered a new continent and as wealth from this continent began pouring into Spain, Spain became...

Latest answer posted September 11, 2016 5:42 pm UTC

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The impact of Columbus's voyages to the Americas was massive. First of all, he showed that it was possible to sail west from Europe across the Atlantic Ocean. This led to many more voyages of...

Latest answer posted December 6, 2019 11:20 am UTC

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The effect of European settlement in the Americas was devastating to the indigenous populations. It is thought that the native population was reduced by as much as ninety percent in the first...

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Among the most important Dutch explorers were: Willem Barentsz (1550-1597). Searched for the northeast passage above Siberia. Discovered Bear Island (1594). Henry Hudson (1565-1611). Explored...

Latest answer posted September 23, 2011 12:50 am UTC

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From the point of view of native or indigenous peoples in the United States, and for that matter, the western hemisphere, 1491 was the final year in which their cultures and civilizations were...

Latest answer posted August 14, 2017 12:15 pm UTC

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Europeans generally benefitted from their interactions with Native Americans. As well as being able to help themselves to large swathes of land and wealth that didn't really belong to them, they...

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The factors that led to European exploration in the 15th century were multi-faceted. Initially, they were motivated by a desire to find faster and cheaper trade routes to Asia, where they could...

Latest answer posted July 26, 2019 12:49 pm UTC

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If we are looking only at the actual voyages that Christopher Columbus himself made, the effects were rather minimal. Columbus made only four voyages to the New World. He only reached the...

Latest answer posted October 28, 2015 8:00 pm UTC

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Another factor we need to take into consideration is a growing thirst for knowledge. The Renaissance in Europe had led to the enormous expansion of learning in a variety of areas. The spirit of...

Latest answer posted February 6, 2018 12:33 pm UTC

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Frankly, I think that the motives of the conquistador lies in their name. These men wanted to conquer "the other," that which was in front of them. They did not come in peaceful harmony. Their...

Latest answer posted June 28, 2011 12:23 pm UTC

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I have never thought about finding all of the places named for Christopher Columbus, but there are certainly many such places. In the United States alone there are more than 30 states that have a...

Latest answer posted October 6, 2015 1:19 am UTC

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There were several goals of the first European explorers. One goal was to help find a shorter water route to Asia. Several countries sponsored explorations to find a new and a shorter water route...

Latest answer posted December 27, 2017 12:27 am UTC

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Europeans overall were quite devastating in their relationship with Native people. Culturally, Europeans brought Christianity to the new lands which they discovered; however, they often did this by...

Latest answer posted August 6, 2019 8:51 pm UTC

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Presumably, all of the newly-found lands first discovered by Christopher Columbus (1451-1506) were claimed for Spain (or, more accurately, the Crown of Castile, of which Ferdinand and Isabella were...

Latest answer posted September 19, 2011 1:28 am UTC

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The indigenous people in America in 1492 had many cultural similarities. Their culture was different from the culture of the Europeans. Most of the indigenous people were successful at farming,...

Latest answer posted August 28, 2017 2:05 pm UTC

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The "real" interaction is finally being taught and put out there for the public to read about, and it was not this perfect picture of discovery and building relationships. Christopher Columbus...

Latest answer posted October 11, 2009 5:33 am UTC

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There were indeed several key technological advances that Europeans used extensively during the 15th and 16th centuries in order to explore the Atlantic Ocean and beyond. In fact, this period is...

Latest answer posted March 1, 2019 6:15 pm UTC

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Spanish conquistador Hernán Cortés is best known for his military campaigns in Central America and Mexico in the early sixteenth century. He ultimately defeated the Aztec Empire and claimed Mexico...

Latest answer posted February 19, 2020 12:31 am UTC

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One thing to understand when comparing the English and Spanish colonial experience is that they did not occur in isolation from each other. England, in fact, undertook the colonization of North...

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Many of the regional differences in colonial America were based on the differing geographies of those regions. In the British American colonies, there were three main regions: New England,...

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Portugal wanted to find a sea route to India and the Far East in order to engage in the lucrative spice trade, especially in cinnamon and pepper, without going through middlemen. The land route...

Latest answer posted October 17, 2016 1:03 pm UTC

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Despite the popular misconception that Christopher Columbus discovered North America, he never actually did set foot there. Through four different excursions starting in 1492, Columbus explored the...

Latest answer posted October 15, 2017 7:01 pm UTC

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Christopher Columbus' voyages to America changed Spain in several ways. Most prominently, the New World afforded Spain with vast amounts of wealth from agricultural plantations and gold and silver...

Latest answer posted April 16, 2016 1:21 pm UTC

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Why did the Spanish conquer and colonize the Americas? Young students are typically taught that "Gold, Glory, and God" led to the Spanish empire. But the real answer is probably more complex than...

Latest answer posted November 14, 2019 11:01 pm UTC

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The world view of the First Nations peoples can best be summarized by the First Nations themselves: "First Nations worldview representes a unique perspective of the world and the interconnectedness...

Latest answer posted June 21, 2013 3:25 am UTC

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Christopher Columbus represented Spain on his voyage. Columbus was looking for a different, shorter way to Asia. Traveling by land was difficult. Columbus thought there might be a shorter water...

Latest answer posted January 3, 2016 10:36 pm UTC

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There are several reasons European nations wanted to explore the New World, but for the most part they can be summed up by economic motivations. Exploration of the seas and eventually the New...

Latest answer posted January 26, 2016 4:34 pm UTC

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When historians and scholars speak about the European Age of Exploration, they use the catchphrase "God, glory, and gold" to define the motivations and factors that led to the period of exploration...

Latest answer posted September 27, 2018 12:02 am UTC

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The strongest event that led to European colonization of the New World was the fall of Constantinople in 1453 to the Ottoman Turks. This meant that the way to Eastern silks and spices was closed to...

Latest answer posted March 29, 2019 11:53 am UTC

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America would still have been colonized. If not Columbus, someone else would have stumbled on the extra continent. Europeans might have come a little later, but they would have still come and...

Latest answer posted August 22, 2011 6:25 am UTC

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Since you refer specifically to the Spanish and the conquistadors, you have to remember that this was the world's dominant empire. Its citizens, for the most part, were devoutly Catholic, and...

Latest answer posted June 21, 2010 12:11 pm UTC

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Although Christopher Columbus did not meet his mission of finding a westward water route from Europe to Asia, nor did he “discover” America, he did complete four expeditionary ocean voyages sailing...

Latest answer posted November 11, 2015 5:21 pm UTC

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During 1609, Hudson heard about an inland sea route, more than likely the Great Lakes, and tried to go that way as the Northwest Passage. Although the Dutch had already gone up the St. Lawrence...

Latest answer posted April 10, 2013 4:50 pm UTC

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Native people were ultimately affected negatively by their first encounters with Europeans. They caught diseases for which they had no immunity, and up to ninety percent of the indigenous people of...

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The first thing to remember when thinking about this counterfactual is that Christopher Columbus did not discover America, nor was he the first explorer to discover one of the American continents....

Latest answer posted March 16, 2019 1:13 pm UTC

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Christopher Columbus has vital historical importance as the person who initiated the European colonization of North and South America. After receiving rejections of financing from Portugal, Genoa,...

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Christopher Columbus sought to secure new trade routes to the riches of Asia. India and Cathay (China) were important because they provided Europe with herbal medicines, perfumes, and silk. Also,...

Latest answer posted April 19, 2019 12:03 pm UTC

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Great question! There are many myths regarding Christopher Columbus and his voyage. For example, there is the the myth that sailors in the late 1400s still believed the world to be flat and if you...

Latest answer posted March 7, 2019 1:25 pm UTC

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As far as we know, Viking colonies didn't get any farther into North America than Newfoundland, which is on the eastern tip of present-day Canada. The Vikings did have colonies in Greenland, which...

Latest answer posted March 27, 2019 12:09 pm UTC

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The European countries had several reasons for wanting to explore the New World. One of them was for trade. The Europeans wanted to find a shorter trade route to Asia. There were people who...

Latest answer posted January 22, 2016 3:07 am UTC

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Not long after Columbus set sail with his three ships in 1492, a number of other explorers, particularly from Portugal, set out on their own voyages. Spain and Portugal led the world in the...

Latest answer posted October 15, 2018 4:17 pm UTC

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There is an unstated assumption behind the question that all European explorers and all of the numerous Native Americans can be treated as monolithic. This assumption is inaccurate. European...

Latest answer posted October 3, 2017 12:15 pm UTC

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Columbus's discovery was world-changing as it helped to establish the existence of the Americas in European awareness, and vice versa. He was not the first European to travel to the Americas, but...

Latest answer posted April 7, 2014 9:18 pm UTC

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The geopolitical impact of the colonization of the New World by old world powers such as France, England and Spain was dramatic and unprecedented, especially following the Seven Years War. While...

Latest answer posted August 9, 2015 12:31 am UTC

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The main European countries involved with the exploration of "America" were Holland, England, France, and Spain for North America; Spain for Central America; and Spain, France, and Portugal for...

Latest answer posted April 13, 2019 12:39 pm UTC

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Christopher Columbus was interested in making money. He also wanted his country to gain the glory that would come from finding India and making money for Spain. In his world, it was commonly...

Latest answer posted March 29, 2012 11:23 am UTC

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This question depends on your vantage point. European arrival to the New World was catastrophic for the Native Americans. Native Americans had no disease resistance to smallpox, typhus, and...

Latest answer posted March 24, 2019 12:31 pm UTC

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The fall of Constantinople to the Muslim Ottoman empire in 1453 is the primary social, political, and economic catalyst that led to the Western European exploration and colonization of the New...

Latest answer posted November 23, 2019 3:32 pm UTC

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