Imperialism - a policy of extending a country's power and influence through diplomacy or military force.
What is Europe Imperialism - The most powerful empires at the time were Ming Dynasty in China, Mogul Empire in India and Ottoman Empire in Turkey. Europeans nations were less powerful and Europeans nations wanted to change that by finding easier routes to lucrative trades with Asia and by finding natural resources like gold and silver.
Columbus sailed trying to find Indian and China but ended up sailing to South and Central America (Mexico) The Spaniards who followed him found gold and silver and shipped them back to Spain. Spain quickly became the richest nation in Europe. The extra money paid for their armies which helped increase their military power increase which in turn increased their political power. Other Europeans nations wanted to find their own riches and to keep Spain from becoming too powerful. So they become to send explorers to the new world in an effort to find a passage to Asia or to find natural resources they could use to get rich of themselves.
The French sent explorers up the saint Lawrence river trying to find a NW passage around North American to Asia. They found Canada instead which had riches in the form of animal pelts.
The Dutch sent Henry Hudson up the Hudson river where he found and abundance of beavers whose pelts made profits in Europe due to the fashion fad of beaver-felts hats.
England didn’t want to be left behind to Queen Elizabeth sent Englishmen to stake a claim in North American hoping to find the sane success as their rivals. In the Caribbean the planters grew sugar and in Virginia they grew tobacco. These created wealth and helped launch the English Colonial Empire (The British Empire)
What drove Imperialism in Europe?
Five Motives for Imperialism. Various motives prompt...