Why Did Columbus Discover America

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We have all heard the rhyme “In 1492 Columbus sailed the ocean blue”, but did Christopher Columbus discover America. We don’t know for sure, but what we do know is that he influenced many other countries and many other cultures, and started the movement we know as exploration. Exploration was a big part of Europe in the 1500s, and many nations joined in on the quest for God, glory, and gold. The fab 5, or better known as Spain, Portugal, France, England, and The Netherlands were some of the most famous nations that joined in. Spain set off and sailed to Mexico, south western US, Florida, and all the way down Cuba. Portugal claimed Brazil and parts of southern Africa. France declared ownership on central and northern US and southern Canada. England colonized Upper Canada and The British colonies area. Finally, The Netherlands conquered Guiana, The Cape of Good Hope, and The East Indies. These Nations didn’t realize the impact they’d have on the people…show more content…
The Europeans now had access to many new opportunities. Many vegetables such as corn, potatoes, squash, pumpkins, and sweet potatoes. Even the turkey was now available to them. Things were also brought from the old world too. Livestock like cattle, pigs, and horses were presented to the natives that were already living there. Many fruits were brought like grapes, peaches, and pears, but there were also some not-so-great things brought to the Natives. Diseases like typhus, smallpox, measles, and influenza almost wiped out the entire native population. The natives hadn’t built up and immunity to these diseases that the Europeans brought. Exploration and trade wasn’t only effected in America and Europe, it was also effected in Africa and Asia. When ideas and religions were traded in china and japan the rulers believed this was a threat to their way of life and religions to they cut themselves off from the rest of the world and began

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