Causes and Effects of Exploration Drey Waters


Exploration was caused by Spaniards wanting to spread Christianity. The religion was spread from the new settlements in America, Africa, and Asia. Christianity was very important to the European culture within this new age of exploration. The conquistadors were going to the new lands and creating missions between the priests and other church leaders. Their missions would consist of going through out the villages and trying to evangelize and attempt to convert the native people.


Another cause of exploration was curiosity of the world. After The Crusades, Europeans finally started to understand that there was so much more out there in the world than what they knew. A man named Marco Polo came to Spain and would share these amazing, detailing, and interesting stories about new spices and land and people that he found on his journey he had returned from. This caused the Europeans to start to think about what was in these places. They became curious and wanted to explore and find all these wonderful new places they had heard of. An explorer of the name, Prince Henry, created a school dedicated to exploring. His school would teach other about exploring and how to sail. In the end, because of The Crusades and people like Marco Polo and Prince Henry, they caused other to be inspired and caused them to explore.



An effect of exploration was slavery. Slavery was a result of the aftermath of Spaniards exploring and bringing back "rewards" for themselves. The first man that was recording to enslave others, was a man of the name Christopher Columbus. Christopher went on a voyage to find Asia and all of their trading materials but instead of arriving in Asia, he ran into modern day America. He reported back to his king and queen after his arrival and told them of all the wonderful things that was in "Asia". He even told them about people that were there and how he was going to bring some back. This was how slavery had started. Other people started seeing how convenient having these native people do everything for them; get them food, farm, personal needs, etc. Slavery was a result of people going and exploring new lands, finding new people and things that they didn't originally have in their home land(s).


Another effect of exploration was diseases. Diseases were a big thing when exploration first started. There were new people form lands they had never heard of and new diseases that people didn't know would affect each other due to 'immunity'. When Christopher Columbus went on his adventure to the native lands, he brought new ideas, tools, and diseases that natives hadn't seen. One of the biggest disease that affected them the most was the black plague. The black plague had just got done with its mass murder of the people of Europe and was killing off most of the Native people. The Native people now are endangered. Disease is an effect of exploration because of these people exploring and invading their lands.

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