Europeans were very curious people. Europeans people never ever have ever been out of their homes or town. Sort of like if i would of never left Nampa. Never been to Caldwell, Boise ect.. thats pretty much how they lived and always been curious about the world. The Europeans exploration remind me of Columbus of how he wanted to explore the worl. Columbus ended up doing that and thats pretty much how the Europeans did. Europeans started to explore in the 15th Century. They set out to explore for scientific, religion, military purposes.
The crusades kind of link up to the curiosity of the Europeans of how they have never every been out of their town or home. As they went to explore they found a lot of things that could be useful. Thats when they found spices and things they've never eaten before or seen. its like when you get something for the first time but you don't live close to it? You want more and youll travel back to get it. Thats kinda what they did but with spices and other recources. So thats how they started to explore and soon came the trade routes like the silk road.