logo
g Text Version
Beauty & Self
Books & Music
Career
Computers
Education
Family
Food & Wine
Health & Fitness
Hobbies & Crafts
Home & Garden
Money
News & Politics
Relationships
Religion & Spirituality
Sports
Travel & Culture
TV & Movies

dailyclick
Bored? Games!
Nutrition
Postcards
Take a Quiz
Rate My Photo

new
European Travel
Action Movies
Bible Basics
Houseplants
Romance Movies
Creativity
Family Travel


dailyclick
All times in EST

Clairvoyance: 08:00 PM

Full Schedule
g
g History Site

BellaOnline's History Editor

g

Reasons for Exploration


Exploration has been a major component of our history. Through it mankind discovered new lands, new food products, new animals, new wonders of nature. We know what we got out of it, but why did we explore in the first place? What caused mankind to venture out and seek the unknown?

The bottom line of exploration is downright curiosity. Man needs to know what is beyond the horizon. He cannot stand not to know what is past the mountain peaks. He has got to find out.

Many times in our history the curiosity was there but the drive was absent. It took other catalysts to get mankind to venture out. Many times it was over crowding of the land. Too many people in one area causes disease, war, and discomfort. Man went out to find new land to live and get a little breathing room.

Sometimes exploration began as a political arm. If more territory could be found, more resources, a new route, just anything that could give one faction an arm up, men would go out and risk their lives to find it. If gold could be found in the New World to fund the Spanish endeavors to conquer Europe, then the explorers answered the call and went forth. If a new route could be found to the Far East to obtain spices, men went forth not knowing what lay before them.

Much of the exploration of the New World was for land, gold, and even fur. As settlers arrived and got familiar with the resources of the new land, they ventured further and further out to find more and more of it.

Fur was one of the big reasons that exploration continued in North America. As the demand in Europe increased for the soft pelts, trappers moved deep into the wilderness to find them. They met new tribes, found new rivers, encountered undiscovered mountains, and began many of the major cities of today. All of that over the desire to wear a nice warm beaver stole in the bitter European winters.

Exploration of our world is based on manís curiosity, but from our study of history it usually took greed, persecution, or politics to send men out into the unknown. Discovery came about from needing more and more whether it was land, gold, or power.

Today we try to either paint the explorers as totally evil or set them up on a pedestal. The reality is that they were trying to survive in their own world. That meant moving out and finding new lands. That meant spreading out over mountains and rivers and encountering new people. Exploration was not intended to destroy. It was intended to meet the need of that moment.
________
Add Reasons+for+Exploration to Twitter Add Reasons+for+Exploration to Facebook Add Reasons+for+Exploration to MySpace Add Reasons+for+Exploration to Del.icio.us Digg Reasons+for+Exploration Add Reasons+for+Exploration to Yahoo My Web Add Reasons+for+Exploration to Google Bookmarks Add Reasons+for+Exploration to Stumbleupon Add Reasons+for+Exploration to Reddit



 



RSS | Related Articles | Editor's Picks Articles | Top Ten Articles | Previous Features | Site Map




For FREE email updates, subscribe to the History Newsletter


Past Issues


print
Printer Friendly
bookmark
Bookmark
tell friend
Tell a Friend
forum
Forum
email
Email Editor


Content copyright © 2014 by Rebecca Graf. All rights reserved.
This content was written by Rebecca Graf. If you wish to use this content in any manner, you need written permission. Contact Rebecca Graf for details.

g


g features
Fictional Works Revealed Slave Life

Frederick Douglass' Piece Showing the Slave's Life

Anti-Slavery Fought Though Literary Works

Archives | Site Map

forum
Forum
email
Contact

Past Issues
memberscenter


vote
Poetry
Daily
Weekly
Monthly
Less than Monthly



BellaOnline on Facebook
g


| About BellaOnline | Privacy Policy | Advertising | Become an Editor |
Website copyright © 2014 Minerva WebWorks LLC. All rights reserved.


BellaOnline Editor