High Renaissance in Northern Europe - Age of Discovery - Renaissance Explorers

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What happened in 1488 that would accelerate European exploration of the world?

Portuguese explorer Bortolomeu Dias discovered the Cape of Good Hope by accident, thus suggesting that Africa was surrounded by water.
This would make it possible to reach Asia over the sea.

Which Portuguese explorer was first to reach Asia over sea, when did this happen and where did he land?

Vasco da Gama reached India in 1497, ten months and 14 days after he left the port of Lisbon.

When did Christopher Columbus discover America?

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Which motives inspired European explorations in the late 15th century and onwards?

  • Mostly economical reasons like searching for lands with resources suitable for cultivating crops that could be sold for cash.
  • Establishing trade routes to the Asian markets.
  • Spreading the influence of Christianity.

Which quote in 1498 by a Portuguese mariner/explorer perfectly summarizes the overlap the different impulses for European exploration and what was his name?

In 1498 Vasco Da Gama told authorities in Calicut, India, that he'd come for "Christians and Spices".

The Age of Discovery (15th-17th century) was an age of doubt.
This can be seen in the revision in a lot of facets.
Name the three most important revisions.

  • Revision in geography due to explorations.
  • Renewed interest in the antique cultures of the Romans and Greeks due to the Renaissance.
  • Revision in religion illustrated by the Reformation.

Portugal was first to set out and discover the world and became the biggest in the world of trading.
They were later surpassed by English and Dutch merchants who both formed highly profitable companies.

What is the name of these companies and when were they founded?

  • The English East India Company (1600).
  • The Dutch United East India Company (1602).

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