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2- Europe - Europe 1-15-08 What pushed Europeans to sail...

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Europe 1-15-08 What pushed Europeans to sail for America? I. Economics: a. Dependent on agriculture b. Seasons dictated life patterns (in N. and S. Europe) c. Very physical labor (wooden plows) d. March 25- Lady Day-day off/rent was paid for 1 st quarter II. Life: a. Low life expectancy (most people died before age 21) b. Many plagues c. Excessive violence (esp. criminals) d. Many religious holidays and celebrations e. Money was spent immediately because life was so precarious f. January and February- peak months for death b/c of cold and starvation g. August and September- peak months for death b/c of fly-borne epidemics h. February and March- highest birth rates III. Power: a. Land was a measure of power (owned mostly by aristocracy) b. Aristocratic positions were passed on through the male line i. Kings ii. Princes iii. Lords iv. Dukes/Earls *Lords and Dukes had their own armies (from 20-200 men) and parliaments; very excessive and easy lifestyle with fine clothing and an abundance of food (provided by peasants);
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