Friday, December 30, 2005

Europe's Explorers

1. Why did Europe explore the world?

The Europeans were running out of metal and they want to find more routes to China, so they can trade silk, gold, slaves, and spices.

2. How were European ships better?

The European ships had better cannons, the sailors were very trained to use them, and the government does not have to pay for the ship.

3. Why did people become crewmen on ships if it was difficult?

People wanted to become rich and famous.

4. Why did Spain and Portugal lead in voyages?

The Muslims taught them everything.

5. Why did China and Japan not explore the world?

First, China did explore the world; second, the Japanese government doesn't allow people out of Japan.

6. Describe Prince Henry. What made him great? What were his goals?

Smart, he had a vision that he will lead a crusade into North Africa that would clear out Muslims, but he had to explore it first. He sent explorers around Africa. He wanted spices.

7. What did Vasco da Gama do? What did the Muslims think? How did Europeans feel?

He sailed around Africa to India and back. The Muslims were angry when Da Gama's fleet showed up in India. It was a success for the Europeans.


At 10:19 PM , Blogger Karl said...

I am confused about this:

4. Why did Spain and Portugal lead in voyages?

The Muslims taught them everything.

Which Muslims? The Muslims living in Spain and Portugal? And if the Muslims already had this seafaring ability, why weren't the great voyages undertaken by Muslims?

At 10:18 PM , Blogger Sebastian Turton said...

Yes,true but maybe the Muslims like Astronomy better then sea-voyages.


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