Why were europeans interested in exploration in the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries answers?

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Europeans wanted exploration in the 15th and 16th centuries for the belief that there was emense wealth in undiscovered countries. For example, king Ferdinand and queen Isabella of Spain sent Christopher Columbus on an exploration to find gold or other precious metals. When he landed in America, he didn't find gold but he knew he'd be punished for returning empty handed so came up with the idea to enslave indigineous people as an alternative form of wealth

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