1450-1750: The Age of Discovery
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The paper relates that the era 1450-1750, or the Age of Discovery, was known as the Columbian Exchange in which the Old World traveled to the New World, spreading culture, economic systems, religion, genetic disposition, and, of course, disease. The paper provides an overview of the era 1560-1650 and points out that there were advances in political thought, philosophy, technology and literature, but mainly, a tremendous amount of cultural contact between peoples.
From the Paper:"The era 1450-1750, or the Age of Discovery, was the resultant Columbian Exchange in which the Old World travelled to the New World, spreading culture, economic systems, religion, genetic disposition, and, of course, disease. Essentially, this time signaled the beginnings of the modern era; an era in which the world became smaller - discoverable, and, of course, usable. It was this rise of the great colonial empires, justified with the spreading of religious ideas but, in truth, focused on the acquisition of wealth that created so many determined explorers. This sharing of the ecology of the Old World and New World certainly changed the New World and the indigenous populations (The European Voyages of Exporation, 2001). Perhaps the most important thing to remember about the late Renaissance is that it was, above all, a kind of rediscovery. The Europeans of the early Renaissance looked back across time to the examples of Greece and Rome. But they wrote their works in their own languages. Although the Renaissance officially began in the fifteenth century, it "peaked" in the sixteenth. The sixteenth century in Europe was a time of unprecedented change. It was the beginning of the modern era, and it saw a revolution in almost every aspect of life. The century opened with the discovery of a new continent."
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