What made Europe powerful? – extreme wealth from trading, new ideas, more literacy, rapid scientific advancement, creation of universities, cultural advancement, architectural renewal, naval power
Project – Imperialism, Exploration and Exploitation: The Rise of Europe and the legacy of Portuguese and Spanish imperialism in Latin America and Africa
Although the period of 1500-1700 brought about massive development in Europe and unprecedented wealth for its citizens, it was mostly the direct result of exploration and exploitation in the New World. While Italian wealth and the early Renaissance resulted from securing trade routes with Asia, the two countries that had the most dramatic impact on Latin America and Africa from 1500-1700 were Portugal and Spain.