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  • Queen Elizabethsends out explorer SirFrancis Drake, whobecomes the firstEnglishman tocircumnavigate theglobe.
  • During the middle ages, the crusaders brought back spices to Europe after learning about them through the Muslims.
  • trading over land was Expensive and dangerous. Muslims and Italian sailors controlled the trade by sea.
  • Europeans began plantation systems in the Caribbeanand the Americas which has destroyed the economiesof the people who first lived there, as well asdestroyed the environment
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  • Europe also minedprecious metals (gold andsilver) from the new worldto give it wealth and powerlike the world has neverknown.
  • Henry the navigator began a school for cartographers , sailors, and captains at Sagres in hope to spread Christianity.
  • Spain sent ships back and forth to the newworld to take the gold home and makethemselves the richest nation in the world.These ships came to be known as the SpanishArmada.
  • In 1520, Hernan Cortez (also spelled Cortes)and his conquistadors went to the “new world”in search of gold. They found the Aztec Empirein what is today Mexico.
  • Portuguese traders reached China by sea in 1514. The Mingeventually allowed them a trading post at Macao. Becausethey were uninterested in European trading products, theMing demanded payment for Chinese goods in gold or silver.
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