Essay about The Discovery Of America By The Vikings

1536 Words Mar 7th, 2016 7 Pages
It is hard to imagine that America did not “exist” to the ancient civilizations centuries ago. This first discovery of America by the Vikings was in approximately 1000 A.D. They first established a colony in Greenland and later went to discover Labrador, Newfoundland, and the Baffin Islands. Later on the Spanish explorer, Christopher Columbus was the first explorer to land in the Bahamas, thus leading the frenzy between countries to gain new territory. The exploration of America not only brought the discoveries of new natural resources and foods, but it also changed the world economically, socially, and politically.

Economics were greatly changed with the discovery of America. The birth rate was growing rapidly in Europe, so it was essential to bring food to the starving population. Thankfully, many new crops were discovered, including corn, potatoes, beans, peanuts, squash, pumpkin, tomatoes, avocados, chili pepper, pineapple, cacao, tobacco, and quinine (a medicine for malaria). This new found demand for crops created the need for more workers, which is when the slave trade began. Abundances of resources were found in the Americas as well. Not only were gold, silver, and oil found but also other resources were plentiful such as large forests. The search for the Northwest passage also greatly influenced the world economics. Countries spent fortunes attempting to find a Northwest passage that leads to Asia. The reason countries wanted to go to Asia so badly was that there…

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