16th Century European Society

By - Layomi and Giuliano

Significance to the New World

Various factors contributed to the exploration and discovery of the New World, among them; new technologies, for example the Lateen sale (allowing a higher degree of manueverabillity), economic success of plantations in the Atlantic islands (like the spanish Canarias), and the economic fervor of the European Nation-states, as well as their desire to spread Christianity and find an alternative rout to the Silk Road all contributed to the discovery of the New World.


• Socially divided linguistically, politically. While territories were subdivided into small villages.

• Within the sexual division of labour, women were responsible for the domestic sphere, while men were responsible for the economic and working sphere (often composed of agriculture).

• Solidification of Christianity while it spread into new territories (Colonies, Crusades, etc...).