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Created with Fabric.js 1.4.5 Discovery of NewLands1400-1500s double click to changethis text! Drag a cornerto scale proportionally. The European Explorationthroughout the 15th and 16thCenturies was very interestingand went through a long and always changing process. It started around the late 1400s.Went into action because Christopher Columbus wanted tosail westward to the Indies and to Asia. He and no other people knew that there was a wholeworld of exploration ready to beopened when the discovery ofNorth and South America were made public to their world. Cortez and Pizzaro were the main conquerors of the Indians (Cortezthe Aztecs, and Pizarro the Incas).When Cortez learned of the Americas,he arrived on the Gulf of Mexico in theearly 1500s with 500 men with guns and armor. When Cortez met the Aztecs,he went through battles with the them, and ended up with a victory for Cortezwhen they laid seige on the capitol. Pizarro arrived in South America in 1532.When he arrived,he met the Incan ruler and took him hostage immediately.The defeat of the Incan Empire was similar to Cortez and the Incas, exept that it was slightly faster. When the Spanish arrived in the Americas, they stayed mainly nearor on the Caribbean. After Cortez conquered most of Mexico, the Spanish empire rapidly expanded.Chile was the southernmost limitof Spanish territory, and the Spanish area kept growing in theAmerican West. The Portuguese were in the leadof exploration during the beginning.They were under Prince Henrythe Navigator. The Portuguese spentthe first 70 years exploring thecoast of Africa looking for aneastern route to India. Theyfinally sailed around the tip ofAfrica in 1488 under thecommand of Dias and his fleet. The different European nations all were interested inclaiming parts of the Americas for similar reasons.Mainly, they were to expand their countries and createtheir own colonies, boost the economy through trade andplantations, and to found missions to convert the Indiansto the Christian religion. They also wanted to be on goodterms with the Indies because they possesed manygoods that were deemed valuable to all Europeannations. In conclusion to this question, it is shown how and why the Europeansexpanded their empires and what their motives and reasons were. I feel that the Age of Exploration was a very interesting time period,and helps me picture what it was like and how the different nationsthought during the 1400-1500s.
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