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Assess the results of columbus's voyage for spainfor europeand the new world?

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December 16, 2008 10:19PM

Columbus believed that the world was smaller than it really is.

By sailing west, he could reach the wealth of the Indies, the name

that Europeans gave to the areas of Japan, China, Indonesia (Spice

Islands) and India, and save much time and danger compared to the

overland routes. The nation that could easily reach those areas

would reap commercial benefits and increase the wealth (economy) of

the nation. Columbus set sail with the idea of discovering such a

sea route to the Indies. Thus, when he landed on San Salvador, he

named the inhabitants Indios (Indians.) Historians have believed

that Columbus first made landfall in the New World on the island of

San Salvador, on 12 October 1492. Today, some historians are not

sure that the first landing was on San Salvador. Regardless, it was

in that area that Columbus claimed the “New World” for Spain. By

discovering such a route, Columbus also hoped to get rich. He would

either be rewarded by the King and Queen of Spain, or he would

become wealthy by business dealings with the people he discovered.

Besides trade items (spices, drugs, foods, cloth, etc.), Columbus

and his crew expected to discover gold and silver. Columbus did not

set out to discover a New World. He set out with a desire to expand

the knowledge of the known sea and sea trade routes, to discover

the riches of the Indies, to reap commercial success for Spain, and

to increase his own wealth and the future prosperity of his family.

While never knowing exactly what he had discovered, his voyage made

other explorers willing to embark on voyages that would come to

make up the Era of Discovery. He was the first and his voyages

encouraged others.

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