European Exploration From the 1400s to the 1600s the European nations of Portugal, Spain, France, England, and the Dutch, set out to gain control of trade with Asia and claim territory in the New World. These nations sought economic and physical control in the first imperialistic age. The push for gold, glory, and God permanently changed the history of Africa and the Americas and set the stage for the beginning of American history.
The Main Players PortugalPrince Henry the Navigator wanted to improve Controlled the East Coast of SouthPortugal’s Navy . He brought together mapmakers, America (modern day Brazilscientists, ship builders and sailors allowingPortugal to take the lead in exploration . Spain Conquered the Aztecs and Incas inFerdinand and Isabella followed the inspiration of Central and South AmericaPortugal to gain control of the Asian spice trade. France Controlled fur trade from QuebecCompeted with England for land in Europe. to Louisiana in modern day USEncouraged French trade companies to establish and Canada.dominance in the New World and oversea colonies. England1600s—finally experiencing some domestic stability, Gained control of the East Coastthe English pushed to catch up to other European of the modern day United Statescountries in the New World to gain profit, land, and establishing permanent colonies.religious freedom.
Establishing Colonies in the New World Exploration began in the late 1400s. By 1700, England and France controlled most of the modern day United States. These two coutries, along with Spain, would complete for territory and dominance in the US. While England held the least amount of land, their influence and control would prove permanent.
Works Sited Slide 6: European Map http://www.euratlas.net/history/europe/1500/index.html Slide 7: The Age of Exploration Map http://www.docstoc.com/docs/22460497/European-Exploration-of- the-Americas-1492%E2%80%931682 Slide 8: North America 1700 Map http://www.pccd.hu/hefop51/?num=1&ch=A&code=A.3.1)