How did the Crusades influence the discovery of the New World?
- FascinatedLv 66 months ago
The Crusades in the 11th and 12th centuries did not influence the discovery of the western hemisphere.
- Anonymous6 months ago
The route to China (the Silk Road) was effectively inaccessible after defeat so the alternative was to seek a new route, either round Africa (dangerous) or potentially a new, easier route by heading west. And the treasures of the Spice islands beckoned.
- Anonymous6 months ago
I don't know that they did. The New World was discovered as part of a larger Iberian maritime project to explore the Atlantic. Iberia, being at the extreme western edge of Europe, was getting Asian luxury goods after they had passed through multiple hands, and experienced large markup. Iberians wanted to cut out Muslims middlemen by seeking a sea route to Asia, but they also wanted to cut out Christian middle men farther east, like the Italians. In most of the 15th century, the Iberians had concentrated on exploring south, along the coast of Africa (in part because they, correctly, believed that Asia was too far away to reach by sailing across the Atlantic). Spain agreed to fund Columbus on a mission to reach Asia by sailing East and that lead to the discovery of America.
- humptyLv 76 months ago
The Crusades were not directed only against the Holy Land, but also against the Moors in Spain. It is no coincidence that Grenada, the last Moorish fortress in Spain, fell to the Christians in 1492. Until the end of the war Ferdinand and Isabella had been entirely occupied with its conduct.
With the successful reconquest of Spain the crown had the opportunity to consider other projects. In the meanwhile the Catholic Inquisition was able to turn its attention from the Muslims to the Jews. In 1492 it became extremely dangerous to be a Ladino, or Spanish Jew. Put those two together and you will understand why Christopher Columbus, a Ladino, might have been eager to get out of town and Isabella prepared to fund his expedition.
That is a direct cause and effect of the end of the Crusades and the move to the New World.
For those who question Columbus' ancestry, his diaries and letters to his children were in an alphanumeric code that remained unbroken for centuries until a scholar in the 1970s tried it against the Hebrew alphabet instead of the European. Bingo! Columbus and his family used Hebrew to communicate. Enjoy the irony of the Knights of Columbus being a huge Catholic organization.
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- sirbobby98121Lv 76 months ago
The Crusades ended in the 13th century - before any major New World exploration was started.
- geraldLv 76 months ago
They didn't but someone will make one on here, its what we do today make history how we want it , or rather prove someone else wrong its a disease of the time I am bad but he/she is worse look I will prove it