Summary: Exploring one of the most dramatic features of the late medieval and early modern period, this work covers the time when voyagers from Western Europe led by Spain and Portugal set out across the world and established links with Africa, Asia and the Americas. This book examines the main motivations behind the voyages and discusses the developments in navigation expertise and technology that made them possible. This second edition brings the scholarship up to date and
includes two new chapters on the important topics of the idea of "discovery" and on biological and environmental factors which favored or limited European expansion.
Summary: Exploring one of the most dramatic features of the late medieval and early modern period, this work covers the time when voyagers from Western Europe led by Spain and Portugal set out across the world and established links with Africa, Asia and the Americas. This book examines the main motivations behind the voyages and discusses the developments in navigation expertise and technology that made them possible. This second edition brings the scholarship up to date and includes two new chapters on the important topics of the idea of "discovery" and on biological and environmental factors which favored or limited European expansion. ...show less
Edition/Copyright:2ND 02 Cover: Paperback Publisher:Routledge N. Y. Published: 08/02/2002 International: No
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List of maps Introduction Time Chart
The Meaning of 'Discovery' Europe and the Wider World In Search of Gold and Spices Italy Portugal and Spain Maritime Technology and Navigation
Africa Asia The Americas Disease and Environmental Change
Conclusion Guide to Further Reading
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