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Chris asked in Arts & HumanitiesHistory · 8 months ago

What motives did the Europeans have to explore foreign lands? I have write a full page answering this question.?

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What motives did the Europeans have to explore foreign lands

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  • 8 months ago

    Curiosity. Trade.

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  • Fred
    Lv 7
    8 months ago

    It was mainly for trade possibilities. It was also for the plunder of the riches of what the Europeans saw as uncivilised countries. The Spanish were ruthless as they stole gold from civilisations in South America. The Spanish, Portuguese, Dutch, British, French and to a smaller extent Germany were sending ships around the world to find business opportunities, generally finding ways to get armies into the countries who soon took over the countries. Asia was seen as good for trade with exotic spices which sold for huge sums back in Europe. Britain's East India Company was so huge it ran its own army which soon dominated India. They exported things like spices and tea from places like India and china and sent back opium causing many Chinese to become addicts. The French and the Dutch had colonies in places like Indonesia and Vietnam. The Portuguese and Spanish concentrated on South America. The British were the masters controlling India and Burma, and plundering Spanish ships transporting stolen gold back from South America. The British people set out to start colonies in North America and also headed South to find good agricultural land in South Africa Australia and New Zealand and pacific islands like Tahiti.

    So the Europeans were searching for new lands that they could easily conquer and profit from and in many cases they ruled ruthlessly over their newly conquered countries. Human rights were ignored and if a person protested many European conquerors just locked them up or killed them. Britain and a couple other nations used these new countries to send convicts to get them away from their home countries. Most of the European countries lost control of these conquered countries in the mid 1900s and now they rule themselves.

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  • Fred
    Lv 5
    8 months ago

    The original exploration motive was to find a shorter route to Asian spices and profit by that advantage.

    Not having found spice trade the next motive was to plunder the riches of the natives found on new lands.

    Having found rich plunder of valuable metals the next motive was to prevent other countries from crowding in before the spoil evaporated.

    Next came the plunder of less valuable natural resources; wood and fur. Exploration to gain Pope entitled land grands and to exclude foreign competition.

    Following that came protection of trade routes and protection of settled area from foreign land grab.

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  • Brian
    Lv 7
    8 months ago

    Then you'd better get started.

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  • John P
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    8 months ago

    The same motives that humans had in most parts of the world. Across history and pre-history there have been huge movements of parts of the human race.

    Note that the whole of the human race originated in eastern Africa, and has populated the Earth gradually over the past 200,000 years (as homo sapiens).

    • Dj2541
      Lv 7
      8 months agoReport

      They didnt originate in Eastern Africa!

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  • Athena
    Lv 7
    8 months ago

    Then go to your textbook and look int he chapter you are studying now. It is there in a specific section probably with a map nearby.

    Trade is your main answer. The spices, silks, and riches of foreign lands were prized in Europe and so they explore ways to get more of them at a cheaper price.

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  • Phil
    Lv 5
    8 months ago

    religious freedom.

    • Tina
      Lv 7
      8 months agoReport

      Not really.

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  • 8 months ago

    Gold and land. Every country is always looking for gold because it helps to expand the empire as well as buy weapons to protect and conquer other countries.

    They’re always looking for land to expand their empire.

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  • Anonymous
    8 months ago

    they were defeated in the crusades , they had to find a way to circumnavigate the earth 

    • Tina
      Lv 7
      8 months agoReport

      Not really.

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  • Anonymous
    8 months ago

    money money money and to rape the native women

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