Religion Conflicts Between The Protestant And The Catholics Essay

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a) Briefly explain, with reference to TWO of the factors listed below, how there came together in Europe in the early 16th century both the motivation and the means to explore and colonize land across the seas.
Religion conflicts arose between the Protestants and the Catholics. The Catholics of Spain and Portugal, along with the Protestants of England and Holland, acquired a desire to spread their versions of Christianity to other people as a result of religious rivalries. Religion also provided the means for exploration. The monarchs in Spain were Catholic. The Catholic monarchs were more willing to grant funds to conquistadors who promised to spread Catholicism in Spain’s name. For example, the Spanish monarchy funded missionary trips to the Americas in the 16th century. Furthermore, the encomienda system also provided means for colonization and the spread of religion. Under the encomienda system, the Spanish government allowed conquistadors to take Native Americans as slaves if the conquistador christianized them.
Trade in the early 16th century provided both the means and motivation to explore and colonize land across the seas. Motivationally, expanding a European country’s trade route to the New World would bring more money into the respective country. Bringing more money into a country would stimulate the country’s economy. Stimulating a country’s economy would then provide the means for colonization; money. Furthermore, if a country was able to control a specific…

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