"A Direct Water Route To Asia" OR it is?
During the age of exploration explorers were trying to find a easier way of getting to Asia using a water route. An explorer by the name of Vasco de Gama sailed around the the bottom of Africa to get to Asia between 1497-1499. While this was going on Christopher Columbus wanted to find a direct route to Asia. In 1492 he set off west across the Atlantic believing that he could get to Asia that way. Instead of finding Asia, he landed in the Caribbean Islands. According to his writings he believed that he had found Asia. He made the same voyage 4 times between 1492-1504. Because Christopher Columbus found this route to a whole new place to them, he also found new people, resources, and land. Within his 4 trips to the Americas he brought back many resources. As word spread that there was this "new world" and many new resources, everyone began to travel to the Americas and bring back all of those resources and other items they were finding in this "new world".
Europeans Wanted and Needed Resources
Europeans were beginning to realize that there were many different resources that were out in the world that could benefit Europe in many ways. While exploring they were looking for many different things, some being spices, gold, silver, and precious rocks. Christopher Columbus was one explorer that was looking for those things, but when he landed in the Americas he did not find the things he was looking for. He found other resources that would benefit the country but not a lot. He left 40 of his men there in a makeshift settlement on Hispaniola. Although Christopher Columbus and many other explorers did not find the things they were looking for while exploring, still were able to bring other important resources back to Europe. They also were able to expand the lands that their people, culture and religion were in because they left people back to be able to spread those things throughout the lands. This encouraged them to continue to explore and expand.
Slavery Coming From Exploration
Slavery may have been the biggest negative thing that came out of the age of exploration. While European explorers were exploring many different lands they would take slaves back to Europe for many different reasons from Africa. The explorers would put hundreds of slaves on a ship and ship them back to Europe where they would sell them to slave owners for money. They would also trade them to other countries for riches and supplies for themselves as well as the country. Almost all slaves were treated very poorly and were made do very difficult work with very little to no reward at all. Slavery did not start because of European explorers exploring but it made slavery a lot more common throughout the world. Slavery was spread at a very large rate through trade and capturing the slaves while exploring.
Colonization That Happened Because of The Age of Exploration
Before Christopher Columbus took his voyages to the Americas the eastern side of the world did not know that there was a whole lot of land and resources that they did have and it was all over on the other side of the world in North and South America. Once countries started to find out that there was another half to this world they all began to send ships to start colonizing the land and begin to take it as their own. They began to bring resources back to their given countries and traded them as well as used them for their own good. Because the Europeans wanted to find a direct water route to Asia they came across the Americas which allowed not only them but many other countries to expand their land and their culture.