What was one reason the explorers were trying to find the new world?

At first, the Age of Exploration was an attempt to find better water ways to other areas of the world, for the purpose of trade. Explorers did not intentionally go out to "discover" a New World. Columbus 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.