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European expansion in the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries was promoted bya. merchants who wished to increase their profits by eliminating the Muslim and Venetian middlemen.b. a decline in population, which required the importation of large numbers of slaves from Africa and the Americas.c. the secularization of society, which placed new emphasis on economic activity.d. the greater cooperation that existed among nations that combined their efforts in exploration.Hide FeedbackCorrectColumbus's discovery made Spain a wealthy and powerful nation, becauseHide FeedbackCorrectHidalgos werea. lesser gentry who believed that holy war was a just means of acquiring wealth and power.b. diplomats who negotiated with native peoples on behalf of the Spanish.c. anyone who had been given land grants in the New World.d. Spaniards who, with royal grants of authority, held power over natives in Spanish colonies.Hide FeedbackCorrect