History 305-After 1200 or so, why did European elites begin financing maritime voyages of discovery and conquest?

1. How were western european empires different from other older empires in terms of geography? After 1200 or so, why did European elites begin financing maritime voyages of discovery and conquest?

2.What was the “Great Dying” in the Americas and how was it related to European colonial conquest?

3. Which European empires expanded into the East Asia trade after 1450? What goods were they trying to gain access to, and what methods did they use to achive their goals?

4. What was Potosi and what happened there?

5. How did the fur trade impact North American native societies?

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