The Crusades

The Crusades
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  • We must take back the Holy Land!
  • Retreat!
  • Welcome to our town.
  • The Crusades were a series of religious conquest meant to spread Christianity and recapture the Holy Land (Jerusalem).
  • Exploration!
  • The Crusades were ultimately a failure, and the Christians began to become the ones being slaughtered. However, it is known as "history's most successful failure" because it had many positive effects on Western Europe.
  • The Crusades led to increased trade and travel. Western Europe came into contact with new places such as India, China, and the Middle East. This lead to Europeans having a wider world view.
  • European knowledge began to develop, and they were less ignorant towards the world. Even though the Crusades were ultimately a disaster, they lead to a period of exploration and knowledge.
  • Explorers like Marco Polo traveled to China and India. They helped expand European knowledge during this new age of exploration.
  • Without the Crusades, Western Europe would not be the same as it is today. It is even possible that Europe would have never come out of the Middle Ages!
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