Age of Exploration: Cause & Effect Jacob payne Mr. Meninga 4a 3/16/17

Christopher Columbus's voyage

In the late 15th century, the world is looking for a way to easily transport spices to Europe from far away in Southeast Asia. An italian explorer, named Christopher Columbus, comes up with an idea that there is a "shorter" route to Southeast Asia by crossing the Atlantic.



One of the big issues among long-term sea trips was nutritional deficiencies, such as Vitamin C. Much of the food that was being carried by ships didn't include many nutritious necessities, and as a result, scurvy occurred.

One of the causes for Columbus's voyage was a lack of spices in the world; a lack of supply and demand.

This new voyage made the way for many new discoveries, majority of which were previously inconceivable.



As a result of scurvy, many sailors died.

A lack of spices meant new voyages were being funded to gather and deliver spices. Among them is, of course, Columbus. His voyage was funded by the King and Queen of Spain.

One of biggest discoveries discovered during Columbus's trip, were the natives. This discovery almost led to their "extinction" through disease, starvation, and slavery.

Spanish Armada

In the late 16th century, Spain's ships are being raided by British-paid privateers. So in retaliation, Spain launches an audacious assault on Britain.

Spanish caught in storm


English privateers attack British merchant ships.

Spanish launches it's massive armada of ships.

Storm damages much of the Spanish fleet

Spanish Armada route


The Spanish becomes irritated because it's lost of ships, courtesy of England.

As the Spanish are enroute to invade England, a storm delays their arrival

The storm cripples the Spanish naval fleet, and as a result, the Spanish basically gives up.

European spices exploration

In the Age of Exploration, one of the most valuable and rare commodities of the time was spice. Everyone and their grandma were looking for ways to find more efficient routes to Southeast Asia, where the spice islands were located, that required less travel time and greater yields.


In the early 13th century, Marco Polo traveled across Asia and essentially founded the Silk Road, a shortcut through Asia.

Later, the Silk Road was cut off by the Turks in 1453.

As a result of the Silk Road being cut off, many countries around the world, including Spain, and as you can guess, we're talking about Christopher Columbus's voyage to the New World.... again



As Marco Polo founded the Silk Road, it opened a door to many countries as a regular shortcut through Asia, used as a multinational trade route for a couple hundred years.

As the Silk Road was cut off, a lack of spices were present.

Columbus's Voyage to find a quicker route to the Spice Islands led to the discovery of America.

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