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Reason for Exploring

Economic/Political/Technological Factors

What are some Economic Factors that motivated Europeans to explore the New World? Merchants brought spices from the Far East to Europe to trade for profit. Portugal sought water route to Asia. Economic competition with Portugal motivated SPin to sponsor Columbus and others to explore the unmapped lands in the New World.
What country was the first to seek a water route to Asia? Portugal
What country sponsored Columbus and others to explore New World? Spain
What are some political factors that motivated Exploration? Competition between Nations
What country found gold and silver in the New World which made them the most powerful nation in Europe? Spain
What are some Tehnological Factors that motivated Exploration? Items that helped the explorers were: Astrolabe, compass, caravel advancements in ship building
What is an astrolabe? Measures the height of the sun above the horizon
Created by: Brooks0520



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