Impact of the Age of Exploration
- Explorers learned more about areas such as Africa and the Americas and brought that knowledge back to Europe.
- Massive wealth accrued to European colonizers due to trade in goods, spices, and precious metals.
- Methods of navigation and mapping improved, switching from traditional portolan charts to the world’s first nautical maps.
- New food, plants, and animals were exchanged between the colonies and Europe.
- Indigenous people were decimated by Europeans, from a combined impact of disease, overwork, and massacres.
- The work force needed to support the massive plantations in the New World, led to a 300 year slave trade that had an enormous impact on Africa.
- The impact persists to this day, with many of the world’s former colonies still considered the “developing” world, while colonizers are the First World countries, holding a majority of the world’s wealth and annual income.
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An 1891 print shows a parade in honor of Portuguese explorer Ferdinand Magellan, whose ships circumnavigated the world between 1519 and 1522, Spain, 1522. Magellan, himself, had died in 1521, and the return was achieved under the command of one of Magellan’s captains, Juan Sebastian Elcano.
The capture and sacking of Constantinople by Turkish troops under Mohammed II, 29th May 1453. The Turkish victory marked the end of the Byzantine Empire and the rise of the Ottomans.
Illustration titled ‘Embarkation and Departure of Columbus from the Port of Palos’, On His First Voyage of Discovery, On The 3rd of August, 1492.
Henry Hudson, his boat being greeted by Native Americans at the lakeshore.