Motivations of European Exploration

View previous topic View next topic Go down

Motivations of European Exploration

Post  Alicia M. on Thu Oct 23, 2014 11:36 am

Between 1500-1800, European invented new sailing ships to travel and explore the rest of the world. Europeans explorers had a particular interest in Asia. Merchants, adventurers, and state official had high hopes of expanding trade, especially for the spices of the East. It has been aid the Gold, glory, and God were the key motives for European expansion. Many Europeans wanted to convert indigenous people to Christianity, but grandeur, glory, and spirit of adventure also played a major role in European expansion. New sailing technology made the voyages of discovery possible. Europeans had now reached a level of ship design that enabled them to make long-distance voyages beyond Europe. There was the invention of the caravel by the Portuguese; a boat that was faster and more maneuverable than the previous models. European explorers also had more accurate maps because of advances in cartography, the art and science of mapmaking. Other inventions, such as astrolabe and the magnetic compass were used by sailors.
avatar
Alicia M.
Research Assistant
Research Assistant

Posts : 85
Student Rating : 16

Back to top Go down

Re: Motivations of European Exploration

Post  Romane D. on Fri Oct 24, 2014 1:09 am

Gold, Glory, and God stood for political, economical, and religion. The three main reasons why it started and developed: political because they wanted more wealth, land, and power. Economical they wanted new trade routes to get to Asia or Africa to get luxurious goods to enrich their individual and their nation. And finally God because they wanted to spread Christianity and weaken the Middle Eastern muslims. I think that they were really smart in wanting to explore more lands, because bit by bit they learned new things such as maps and also created new technologies that would help them travel with less difficulties. Thanks to their exploration each thing lead to another, with exchanging goods and creating new colonies. But I also think that they started to over exaggerate because the only thing they wanted was land, power, and money, till it became to a point in which they were ready to do anything for it, such as slavery. What do you guys think about the European exploration?
Great topic aliciaa <3 bananarama
avatar
Romane D.
Graduate
Graduate

Posts : 216
Student Rating : 25

Back to top Go down

Trade

Post  Joshua T on Fri Oct 31, 2014 11:01 pm

Europe had to desperately find a way to find contact and trade with India. In was home to a lot of spices and silk. These items were very high valued and if one explorer got their hands on some of it the would become very rich by selling it. Many explorers traveled to find a way.

Joshua T
Graduate
Graduate

Posts : 264
Student Rating : 27

Back to top Go down

Re: Motivations of European Exploration

Post  ebznski on Sat Nov 01, 2014 5:23 pm

The Europeans wanted to convert the Native Americans to Christianity because of the Protestant Reformation which caused the Catholic Church to lose power and they wanted more followers so that they could get their power back.
avatar
ebznski
Research Assistant
Research Assistant

Posts : 114
Student Rating : 7

Back to top Go down

Re: Motivations of European Exploration

Post  Mira W. on Sun Nov 30, 2014 9:14 pm

Romane D. wrote:I also think that they started to over exaggerate because the only thing they wanted was land, power, and money, till it became to a point in which they were ready to do anything for it, such as slavery. What do you guys think about the European exploration?
I completely agree. It is what later lead Britain to its downfall - lust for power and wealth. I think the European Exploration started out as an adventure that contributed to the development of humanity, but went out of control when natives were being tortured and killed, and the slave trade began.
avatar
Mira W.
Research Assistant
Research Assistant

Posts : 117
Student Rating : 10

Back to top Go down

Re: Motivations of European Exploration

Post  Sponsored content


Sponsored content


Back to top Go down

View previous topic View next topic Back to top


 
Permissions in this forum:
You cannot reply to topics in this forum