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Age of Exploration AP Questions Garret Matteotti 1 In what ways was the Age of Exploration an extension of the Renaissance The Age of Exploration was an extension of the Renaissance because of many factors The rich during the Renaissance wanted spices Spices they could only get in AsiaTo get the spices invloved traveling through Asia and the Middle East was necessary The discovery of North America led to the idea of the Northwest Passage Gold and other riches were sought after by various European monarchs in North America These monarchs needed the gold and other riches to help pay off there debts which at that time were extremely high due to the money spent on artwork during the Renaissance Monarchies especially from France England Portugal and Spain all were after the riches the New World could provide them with Queen Isabella and King Ferdinand of Spain endorsed these ideas and the voyage of Christopher Columbus in 1492 Columbus sailed with the intent of reaching Asia and upon his arrival in the New World he believed he had reached Asia although a remote part of it This landmark voyage was yet another reason to rethink old ideas Columbus proved many people wrong and in the spirit of the Renaissance his voyage added fuel to the burning fire of adventure and discovery 2 What relationship if any exists between the Age of Exploration and the Crusades There was an extremely strong relationship between the crusades and the Age of Exploration The crusades were and still are the largest Religious wars ever fought and upon the eventual fall of Jerusalem there was a need felt to recover lost territory This territory was viewed the same as the New World was viewed The citizens of Jerusalem were viewed as lost souls that needed help in finding their religious path the same as the Native Americans were viewed It was thought of as
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