hist103 9.15.9-Thinking about empire and exploration-

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Thinking about empire and exploration 1. voyages to the Americans happen as an extension of earlier efforts 2. exploration and colonization are the extension of imperial ambitions. --these are deep seeded ambitions to get an empire across the world. 3. varied motivations( financial, religious, political, etc) People got involved for very different reasons, all the voyages had different agendas. Everyone had different motivations, as you read col. You will notice this. 4. motivations change over time. These motivations of the people change over time, col goes back and forth to Americas several times and his and his patrons motives change 5. difficulties determining what “really” happened. Colombus didn’t think the world was flat, but smaller in disntance. -to difficult to answer, we can only answer through an European perspective ---people just wanted to extend their knowledge of the world by sea world exploration. The world in 1492 and the New monarchs-knowledge about who was in the world, an attitude that was expansive, urge to have more lands, contact, to spread chrisitianity 1. Merchants, marvels, and missionaries: Motivations for exploration in 1492. -Ptolemaic----knowledge of the world was compressed, there was a curiosity about who was in the world. -think about an attitude that is expansive, the urge to have more: more contacts, lands -this expansive sense was shared by merchants, church(spread of Christ), and these new monarchs. The people in early modern period did travel, lots of travels. Where do they gather info? Travel old trade routes to gather information, the roman empires old trade routes. -these trade routes shrank, were disused, there was a vague thing left behind of luxury, in asia minor. There was an idea that western people can relocate the garden of eden, when they were kicked out of
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a. Garden of Eden- a lot of people were looking for the garden of eden in the east b. Genghis Khan (d.1227) and Pax mongolica- this situation expanded by geng- he revitalized the trade routes from east to west. -he was a figure that had luxry, gold, riches, what was important about him was that the west had a resurgent trade with Pax mongolica- ensured the safety of merchants on trade rotues, he established trading safety, he said that I will help you be safe when you come into my empire, this instigates more trade-genghis khan. -christian missionaries also go with merchants so that they can convert people in the east. Exploration, trade, and religion go hand in hand, this was the idea that came from this. c. Travels of Marco Polo----what happens when people travel the routes, stories are written, over time these stories become more interesting. -these accounts can give historians important insight towards people of different origins. “marvel’s of the east” nature of the creative things?
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