Amerigo Vespucci. By: Jasmine Brewer Mathis World History 2G 15 December 2012. Why did the Europeans need to seek new trade routes?.
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By: Jasmine Brewer
World History 2G
15 December 2012
Merchants knew they could make big profits selling Asian goods such as spices and silks. European rulers wanted to find safer, faster trade routes to Asia so their countries could become richand powerful. In Portugal, sailors studied navigation and made new, faster ships. In 1498,Vasco da Gama sailed around the tip of Africa and east to India. His new route helped Portugal grow rich from trade with Asia.
On a quest for “God, glory, and gold,” the Portuguese and Spanish led the way in exploring new worlds. Setting sail to the east, the Portuguese eventually gained control of the Spice Islands. In the west, Portugal and Spain each claimed new lands in the Americas. By the end of the sixteenth century, however, the Dutch, French, and English began competing with the Portuguese and Spanish for these new lands and the riches they held.
Vespucci was born in Florence, Italy and studied navigation as a youth. He spent his early career in the banking firm of Lorenzo de' Medici. In 1491, he moved to Seville Spain, and worked with a company that equipped ships for long voyages.
King Manuel I of Portugal
First Voyage: 1497
Second Voyage: 1499
Third Voyage: 1500
Fourth Voyage: 1503
- Amerigo discovered the continent between Europe and Asia.
This is significant because he was the first to recognize that this continent was not Asia
- People learned about America for the first time from the letters he wrote home
- A mapmaker, Martin Waldseemuller, named the continents after him, in honor of his accomplishments.