The Social And Economic Impact On West Europe, Africa, And The Americas

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As a result of new contacts among Western Europe, Africa, and the Americas, social and economic transformations occurred in the Atlantic world from 1492 to 1750. Many social changes occurred in these regions as a result of new contacts. Economic changes had great effects on West Europe, Africa, and the Americas during the time period, 1492-1750.
The social and economic transformations that occurred were created by the initiation of European expeditions by Spain and Portugal. In the early 15th century, King John I of Portugal initiated a crusade in order to conquer Muslim land in Northern Africa for spiritual and economic reasons. His third son, Prince Henry the Navigator also wanted to defeat the Muslims by flanking them from Southern Africa. Prince Henry the Navigator was extremely curious about oceanic exploration and believed that one could reach India by sailing under Africa, the idea was considered extreme during the time period due to limited knowledge and technology. So Prince Henry and his me implanted his ideas by attempting to sail towards Southern Africa, which led them to capture 200 Africans and sell them as slaves in Portugal. Even after Prince Henry the Navigator 's death, the Portuguese continued to sail around Africa. The Portuguese profited throughout the expeditions as they received luxury goods from Africa. Bartolomeu Dias was the first documented person that reached the southern tip of Africa in 1488 and Vasco de Gama reached India by sailing under…

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