Age of Exploration

Kate Kaiser, Kerrigan Visoski, Jeff Shin

Essential Question

How was the Age of Exploration a turning point in history?

What is it?

The age of exploration began in early 15th century and lasted until 17th century. The age of exploration is when Europeans began exploring the world for trading, new goods, trade routes, and to learn more about the world.

What caused this to happen?

Many European nations wanted their economy to increase, and competing other European nations. One of the biggest reasons for exploration was to find new routes for spices and silk trades.

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Famous Explorers from Europe

What did this lead to and Why Europe?

It lead Europeans to finding the New World. They wanted to find a way to get spices from Asia, so they needed to find new trading routes to Asia without using the Silk Road to get to Asia. The European Explorers used the trade Routes so that they can get the Spices more easily and more cheaper.

Europe was the leader in exploration because of its well developed and continuously improving civilization. The most prominent reason would be that Europe, at that time, was much more technologically advanced in comparison to other parts of the world. This is because they had superior nautical technology and were able to explore farther out than any others had before. The government at that point was an absolute monarchy, and there was no official religious overseer, meaning that there was some room for independence and inspiration. This feeling in Europe could have been an additional factor as to why many Europeans set out as explorers in new lands, not feeling the constraints of conformity.

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Essential Question

How was the Age of Exploration a turning point in history?