By Edited by John S. Bowman, Edited by Maurice Isserman By (author) Kevin Patrick Grant
Discusses ecu exploration in Africa, Asia, and the center East from the second one 1/2 the eighteenth century to the mid-twentieth century.
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For example, the Medicis, the ruling family of Florence at the time, were bankers who made great profits through exploration and then used these profits, in part, to patronize some of the most famous artists of the Renaissance. European exploration also brought new foods to Europe, which was especially important because the European population was increasing dramatically at this time. This was the first significant increase in population since the bubonic plague, known as the Black Death, peaked in 1349 and killed approximately one-third of the people in Europe.
The expedition next made its way along the east coast of Africa, initially enjoying good relations with the Bantu peoples. After reaching the port of Mozambique in March 1498, however, the Portuguese experienced problems with the Muslim leaders of the port, who despised them as Christians. When they reached the port at Mombasa, in presentday Kenya, the local Muslim ruler attempted unsuccessfully to capture da Gama’s ships. Da Gama was relieved to find that the ruler of the next port, at Malinda, was a rival of the ruler at Mombasa and therefore greeted the Vasco da Gama lost half his crew to scurvy as they sailed back to Portugal from Calicut, to which he returned a few years later to establish a Portuguese colony.
In the interest of science, Joseph Banks collected plant specimens in Tahiti, Alexander von Humboldt and A. J. A. Bonpland collected animal specimens on the upper Amazon River, and John Lewis Burckhardt located the Q 33 ancient city of Petra in Jordan. This accumulation of scientific data was enhanced, perhaps unexpectedly, by the rapid growth of Protestant missionary societies after the late 18th century. Protestant missionaries spread throughout the world, armed not only with Bibles but also the tools of scientific measurement.