Essay on The Atlantic World

1520 Words Mar 1st, 2016 null Page
The Atlantic World opened up tremendous ways of trading to different parts of the world. It not only gave Europeans a different outlook on the world and trading, but it gave the European powers like Spain, Portugal, Netherlands, France, and the English a new way of trade and exploration as well. With the Age of Exploration these European powers formed, and by their influences sculpted the new world as well as the old. However, some factors that these powers bring led this world to its demise and a new form of identity reconfiguration.
Before exploration of the New World and the Atlantic, the Europeans traded via the Silk Road that connected Europe and the Mediterranean with the Asian world. The Silk Road provided a trading route of spices, sugar, medicine gold, silk and many other commodities. However, this passage soon decreased with the decline of the Roman Empire in the fourteen hundreds and the discovery of new sea routes to Asia. Europe had few resources; it lacked space and was strong in competition. Europe also lacked lumber, animals, cotton, and food. The Europeans motive for exploration was for God, glory, and gold. The Europeans wanted to spread Christianity in order to stop the spread of Islam and convert non-believers. They also wanted glory because the more land one explored the more glory their king or country would possess. In addition, the hunt for gold was a main reason for European exploration. The more gold a country had, the bigger the advantage over…

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