The Crusades and Renassaince
To what extent did the Crusades and Renaissance lead to European Exploration?
Crusades-Christians and Muslims fought a series of wars (1100-1300) for control of the Holy Land.
Result-Europeans traveled beyond their small towns and found new foods, silks, clothing, etc.
Renaissance-Europeans became curious about the wider world.
Portugal-in seek of trade route that would avoid Arab and Italian merchants that would take away profits.
Vasco da Gama-passed the Southern tip of Africa and sailed toward India.
Other countries continued to find alternate routes to get to the riches of Asia