voyages by the Portuguese and Spanish during the fifteenth century
What were the reasons for the early voyages by the Portuguese and Spanish during the fifteenth century? How were they conducted?
In the fifteenth century, commercial supremacy was transferred from the Mediterranean and the Baltic to the Atlantic seaboard. Portuguese and Spanish explorers opened up great opportunities for trade in gold and spices. The exploration era had a significant impact on Europeans and Native Americans. Europeans introduced new crops, animals, and diseases from Europe to America and from America to Europe. Alien diseases such as measles and smallpox caused massive epidemics among the Americans. The European voyages would be the beginning of a long period of conquest.
After reviewing the several links discussing these explorations, write a four to five page paper answer the following question:
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