In 1497, Vasco de Gama led four ships around the Cape of Good Hope. Columbus’s explorations to reach East Asia make Europeans realize a route to continents unknown to them. England, Portugal, Netherlands, and Spanish were involved in sea trade with Asia and grew wealthy and powerful. Asian life changed during the First Global Age as well. Indian and Chinese cultures influenced the region of Southeast Asia. Indian merchants and Hindu priests spread their culture into Southeast Asia. The Philippines became a key link in Spain’s overseas trading empire. New crops from the Americas boosted farm output in China.
The Japanese welcomed Europeans and acquired firearms and designs. African life changed radically during the First Global Age also. Enslaved Africans formed part of an international trade network. Europeans viewed slaves as the most important item of African trade. The Atlantic slave trade began to fill the need for labor in Spain’s American empire. It became a huge and profitable business. Native American life changed during this period of radical modification. Most Native Americans died due to lack of immunity to diseases brought by the Spanish conquistadors.
Native Americans were forced to live by European cultures. They learned to grow different foods such as corn and beans from the Indians. Native American ways of life combined with European and African cultures to create a new culture in Brazil. These radical changes during the First Global Age changed the lives of the Native Americans, Africans, Asians, and Europeans. Each of these cultures gained wealth and power by trade routes, while others did not benefit from it. All of these different changes helped to create the varied and distinct groups of civilizations today.
The United States began to change drastically in the 50s. Many people began coming out to stand up to old ways of life. This started the wheel turning for the civil rights movement. Some people though were swept up in a hysteria of accusations caused by the tension of the Cold War. Many were accused as being traitors for their beliefs. Americans also became swept up in social conformity causing a ...