Why did the Age of Exploration begin?

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Why did the Age of Exploration begin?

European Exploration

With a few exceptions, European travelers and traders had not strayed far from Europe during Antiquity and the Middle Ages. But this all changed in the fifteenth century, due to many reasons including a convergence of technological and economic factors that motivated Europeans to fan out across the world.

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Looking back on the fifteenth century, Europeans' drive and ability to fan out across the world seemed to come out of nowhere. But two major...

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The Old World and New World: Why Europeans Sailed to the Americas

from History 101: Western Civilization I

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