Christopher Columbus was determined to find a direct water route west from Europe to Asia, but instead he accidentally stumbled upon the Americas.
Spices and other things from Asia, were wanted in Europe and they were worth a lot more back then. They also very badly wanted gold.
Columbus' discovery led to more discoveries and explorations.
Many things were brought from the Americas to Europe such as tomatoes, chili peppers, chocolate, corn, squash and many other things.
Many died due to diseases, such as scurvy.
Columbus died not knowing that he had discovered a new world.
Not only were spices used to help flavor food, but it was also used for making perfume, embalming the dead, and preserving meat.
When navigational equipment improved and long haul sailing became possible, the kings and queens of the world funded spice hunting missions of their own.
Salt was used to help keep meats fresh in the winter for the people to eat. They would soak the meat in salt water or they would bury the fish in salt. This would leave a salty taste to the meat, this is were other spices would be added to the recipe.
Not only were spices used to help flavor meat, but they were also used for medicine as well. It was applied in drinks, pills, baths and ointments.
Because of the competition between Spain and Portugal, Christopher Columbus' expedition to find the Spice Islands led him to the great discovery of the Americas.
Spices helped to give meat a better taste and made it more enjoyable for people to eat.
Mercantilism, which is when a Country attempts to amass wealth through trade with other countries, exporting more then it imports and increasing stores of gold and metals.
Raw materials brought from America to Europe, like flour, cotton, rice, fish, guns ect.
Finished products from Africa went to Europe
From trading with each other, countries got wealthy.
Development of sugar plantations, slavery and spread of Christianity.
They exchanged weapons for slaves and communities became violent.
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