European Expansionism of 16th Century-

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European Expansionism of 16 th Century: (height of Iberian Peninsula’s power) 1. The Problem 2. Portugal a.)Why Portugal? b.) Portugal & Africa c.) Portugal & Asia 3. Spain & America a.)What was Spain? b.)Columbus c.) 1. Goal is to gain access to Indian Ocean—but this requires going through middle men trade moves through middle men in Egypt, then to Venetian merchantmen (adds expense) European commodities are not desirable to India, which requires them to trade hard currency, but Europe has very limited gold/silver resources Easiest way to eliminate middleman was to sail around Africa 2a. Portugal takes the lead in discovering Africa—prior to this Portugal was a relatively small and unimportant country: limited agriculture, no access to Mediterranean, etc Indian Ocean, European hatred of Muslims, and conversionism all reasons to explore Africa trading with the Africans is the way to finance their exploration ivory, gold and slaves (Africa) wheat, textiles and guns (Portugal)
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