Exploration Hailey clemens Mr. Meninga 1b March 22, 2017

The Silk Road was an ancient network of trade routes. On this road many goods were sold, traded, and traveled. Most common goods include silk and spices. During this time, spices were extremely invaluable. A small portion of spices was worth seven whole oxen. Considering oxen were an invaluable source of not only food but also of travel and manpower, this shows how influential spices were.For centuries this Silk Road was a central and integral part of cultural interaction through different parts of the Asia. This connected the East and West and it stretched from the Korean peninsula and Japan to the Mediterranean Sea. Since it covered such a wide space of area in Asia, This Silk Road has left on imprint on these countries and how they function today.


  • There are many causes to the formation of The Silk Road. The Silk Road was formed due to the high value of spices and silk, and the constant need for these goods. The Silk Road was formed during the Han Dynasty of China, which mean that parts of this network stemmed from China. Another route or part of the Silk Road is the Persian Royal Road. This served as a main path for the Silk Road, and was established during the Achaemenid Empire. In order to form the Silk Road, many different routes, paths, and needs from all different kinds of cultures have combined to make the Silk Road as big as it was in it's time.


  • After the Silk Road, there are many positive and everlasting effects. One major effect of having the Silk Road is that goods were spread all throughout. Not only were goods, spices, and silk spread, but so was the rich culture from all the different countries. Spreading culture and goods made for a more improved society, but sadly there was also negative side effects of the Silk Road. Disease traveled as fast as the spreading culture. Evidence is found in the spread of the bubonic plague in 542 CE, which is commonly thought to have arrived in Constantinople by way of the Silk Road. Another effect from the Silk Road that is still being used today is the famous lines used in the creed of the United States Post office, which were originally written by Herodotus when he praised the speed of the silk road.
Christopher Columbus was an Italian explorer. He is so famous that there is even a childhood rhyme about him, a tune they teach us in elementary school. It goes as such: "In fourteen hundred ninety-two. Columbus sailed the ocean blue". There is actually a much longer version of this poem. In elementary school we are taught all about this man. He is exponentially important. He was the first man (not counting the Native Americans) to discover America, the new world. He brought this country that the world had not yet known existed into the public eye, into the public interest. He discovered it.


  • There are may factors that caused Christopher Columbus to explore. One of the reasons is that the Ottoman Turks closed off the Silk Road, creating a desperate need for spices. Christopher Columbus was young, and he desperately wanted to get rich. He believed that he knew of a shortcut to some spices, and he asked Spain for the funding to do so. Spain had just finished a 100-year old war, giving them the spare money to be able to finance Columbus's voyage. All of these factors combined is what led this man into a voyage he later became famous for.


  • After Christopher Columbus set upon his voyage, the results of what he found has left an impact on our life today. On October 12, 1492 Columbus landed in the Bahamas. This was a place that did not follow his believed shortcut, and was completely foreign land to him. Columbus believed he was in the East Indies, and he called the natives Indians. A name that has stuck for quite some time. In going on this botched trip for spices he didn't truly find, Christopher Columbus discovered America, the new world.
The Spanish Armada was a Spanish fleet of ships. It was this fleet of about one hundred and thirty ships, massively strong ships. The Armada was not the main Spanish invasion force, thankfully, since most of the Armada was destroyed by a freak storm. When what was left of the Spanish Armada attempted to attack the English, they were too late. A system of coastal beacons had helped warn the English, and the English used fire ships to break the Armada's formation. Even though this Armada was very important, this defeat did not cripple the Spanish navy. In fact, the idea of an Armada was so appealing that England launched a counter Armada the following year. The Spanish Armada is a infamous fleet of ships, and is well known through out history.


  • There are many reasons the Spanish Armada started up. There was trade occurring between Europe and the Americans, and England became involved. More specifically, Sir Francis Drake became involved. He is nicknamed the English Sea Dog for a reason. England decided to form state sponsored pirates, they were called privateers. These state sponsored pirates attacked Spanish ships to take their gold and silver. This all led up to the formation of the Spanish Armada.


  • After years of having their ships be stolen from by the privateers, the Spanish decided to take action. In 1588, in an attempt to punish the English, the Spanish formed a Spanish fleet of ships to invade England. As they were travelling to England for revenge, however, in another bad stroke of luck most of the Armada got caught in a storm and was destroyed. Due to having so little ships and supplies, the English forced what was left of the Armada to withdraw. The Spanish was weakened by their defeat, and this English victory opens the door for the English and the French colonization of North America.

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