The Age of Exploration was one of the most important time periods to have ever impacted the world. The Age of Exploration started in the late 1400’s until the 17th Century. During this time major events take place, such as trading between nations, new sailing routes, and the establishment of the New World.
During the Eastern trade at the start of The Age of Exploration, the Italians were making a monopoly by silk, spices, and gold. This began to strike the attention of other European nations and influenced their decision to seek out new routes to the Indies. Portugal and Spain were among the nations who were most interested in the trading. Spain would later become the most dominate nation in the world. Spain’s leaders were Arabella from Castile and Ferdinand from Aragon, who were joined together in marriage to become the leaders of Spain. They wanted to seek to start trade with Japan and China for spices and gold. Sailing ships from Spain would sail to trade.
When deciding to take sail to the Indies (Asia) they prepared strong sails for different directions. For defense from pirates, the ships carried gun powder and cannons. In the year 1492, Queen Isabella took a chance on a man who went by the name, Christopher Columbus. He had convinced the queen that there was a much easier rout to get to the Indies. Columbus was supplied with three ships, the Nina, the Pinta, and the Santa Maria. He decided that instead of sailing around Africa to get to Japan and China he could just sail strait across the Atlantic Ocean. When sailing west he ran into what would become the New World. Upon the arrival of the New World, he still thought he had reached Asia because when he had got there, he found people with
tan skin. After being there and looking around, what is now known as the Caribbean Islands, he doesn’t find anything that he came for. Convinced that there is more, he brings back some of the Indians to the Spain and leaves his men. He persuades the king and queen to get a second voyage. The Spanish will not know that the New World isn’t the Indies for 20 years. In 1494, the Spanish are the only ones who are operating this route and Columbus claims this land as Spain’s territory. Spain goes to the Pope to get a document so...