European expansions

European expansions

European expansions were vast during the 16th Century. From massive trade routes, economic dominance, political and religious growth, industry, and even science, played a significant role in not only their internal social expansion, but will to expand into other countries (Maxfield 2009).

In definition each of these areas would tend to explain great advancements for Europe, but it also explains a troubled state. With the European expansion, the Turkish brought death and war to East Asia. The Portuguese expanded the religious beliefs and technologies into Subsaharan Africa, which would lead to the expansion of slave trade by the British, diminishing an indigenous African population (Maxfield 2009). Although each may have been economically and politically advantageous to Europe, they also brought a demise to that region and culture.

The Americas was probably the most influential expansion of the Europeans on a native people through the use of the Columbian Trade routes (Maxfield 2009). Europe’s expansions into the Americas posed an extreme hardship to its native people.  The Americas did provide a great source of fertile land to produce crops and expand food and trade sources, however, it was the disease that was brought with them, that created the largest problem to their expansion into the Americas.

Maxfield, John. 2009. “A Comprehensive Outline of World History.” 517-564. Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic license.


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