Christopher Columbus : The Age Of Exploration Essay

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In 1492, an Italian explorer known as Christopher Columbus set sail on a voyage that would revolutionize the world beyond the Age of Exploration. The Age of Exploration started in the fifteenth century, when Europeans began to explore the world 's oceans to search for trade routes, colonize new territories, expand religions, and collect riches such as spices, gold, and more. The phrase in which showed the motives for European exploration was “God, Glory, and Gold”. Christopher Columbus is one of the most famous explorers of this time period because he is credited with discovering America, or the “New World”. Columbus had four successful voyages financed by King Ferdinand of Aragon and Queen Isabella of Castile. The purpose of these voyages of the King and Queen, was to spread Catholicism and earn profit for Spain, while Christopher’s intention was to find a route to Asia by traveling west across the Atlantic Ocean. Several factors resulted in his devotion to find easier access to trade routes. Christopher Columbus 's discovery was indirectly caused by previous events occurring in Europe, such as religious wars, cultural movements, influence of powerful monarchs, and economic expansion. The religious conflict between the Christians and Muslims known as The Crusades, began in 1095 when Pope Urban II proclaimed war against the Muslims forces for the capture of Jerusalem. The Christians wanted control over Jerusalem, but specifically the “Holy Land”, which was Palestine. Pope…

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