16th Century Voyages Essay

903 Words May 3rd, 2008 4 Pages
Voyages of Discovery The initial voyages that took place in the late fifteenth century and early sixteenth century are the most important events to understanding the modern world. Although humans had been migrating to different areas since they could walk, it was these voyages that opened up the entire world to all people. Trade, globalization, intermingling of races, science, technology, religion, and people discovering new lands are all a product of these initial voyages. Christopher Columbus, with the backing of Isabella and Ferdinand of Spain in 1492, headed west across the Atlantic to find a more direct and lucrative route to China and Japan. Although he never made it to either, he opened the door to the Americas, and also set the …show more content…
The Portuguese found many riches on their stops in Africa. In Africa they found gold, and on its islands they found new locations to grow sugarcane, a crop that wouldn’t grow in the Mediterranean islands anymore. In turn the need for slaves to do the hard work began across all the places the Europeans went. The slave trade was a very lucrative business and has impacted the world in its effects as well as displacing many slaves in other lands. While the slave trade of mostly Africans occurred, it brought these peoples to places were they have deep routes today. The new colonies that were formed from exploration yielded many new crops as well as establishing dominance for countries in the future. By 1497 Da Gama’s voyage was the first to circumnavigate the globe. Although Vasco Da Gama never completed the voyage, part of the crew did and this opened trade to all corners of the earth. With the ability to travel anywhere in the world globalization soon became the way of the world. All people of the world were affected by these voyages and the modern world only became stronger because of this. Ideas spread rapidly between all nations. Prosperity in the exploring countries grew to epic proportions. People were able to form new ideas and also share knowledge of the world to make them stronger. Technology also passed hands in this time and in the time to come. An important

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