Exploration of the New World Motives for Exploration Guided Notes Economic Factors



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Exploration of the New World

Motives for Exploration Guided Notes

Economic Factors

  • Expansion of international __________________. [both a cause and a result of Age of Exploration]

  • Merchants brought spices from the Far East to _____________________ to trade for a profit.

  • Other Europeans wanted more goods from the _______________ without the added expense charged by these middle men.

  • Because of the leadership of Prince Henry and their geographic location on the Atlantic Ocean, _____________________ became the first to seek a water route to Asia.

  • Economic competition with Portugal influenced ____________________ to sponsor Columbus and others to explore unmapped lands in the New World that were found by various explorers.

Political Factors

Competition between nation-states

  • England and other countries became interested in the New World, especially as the Spanish found gold and silver that made them the most powerful nation in ___________________________.

  • The English monarchs began to send explorers to the New World and in the next few centuries they would become the _______________________ country in the settlement of North America.

Technological Factors

Helped explorers

Astrolabe-measures height of sun above the ______________________

Compass-____________________ with direction

Reading celestial stars to plot ____________________________ and course

What is cartography? Map ________________ skills



Cartography helped them share their ______________________________ with others and was taught at the Portuguese School of Navigation.


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