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Periodization Long Answer Prompt: Evaluate the extent to which the Age of Exploration was a turning point in regards to the development of international trading systems. From 1450 to 1750 European explorers undertook voyages of exploration on order to discover new lands and continents that could expand the kingdoms of their home countries and their rulers. These voyages soon became tidal waves of colonization for the European Kingdoms reaching most parts of the globe. The primary goal for these explorers to sail into ports of the new lands to establish trading centers for the exchange of goods. The Europeans investigated the interior of the lands to find precious metals, conquer the native populations, and claim the lands for their home kingdoms. They also sought to spread their religion and influence the religious belief system of the natives. These hundred years of exploration, discovery, and conquest produced a network of trading centers that spanned the coastal areas of the Atlantic Ocean along the western hemisphere including the continents of North and South America, Europe, Africa, the Mediterranean, Eastern Africa, India, and Asia. At the start of the 15 th century, Europe s knowledge of the world beyond their own continent was limited. However in little over 100 years,

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