After Marco Polo returned with golds, silvers, and all sorts of treasures, and spices the
need to trade with the East was unbearable. Practiclly every European in Europe was trying to
find ways to get to Asia and India to trade for the riches of the East. Marco Polo had traveled to
Asia by land, and this took time and money because of its long journey. They needed food for the
large caravans and needed men willing to head towards Asia. So this caused some countries not
to be able to trade with Asia. Since Marco Polo was an Italian, the Italians thought that they had a
monopoly on the trading to the Far East. Genao and Venice were the two city-states that were
able to get all the trading from Asia. But many of these Italian traders never left Italy, because
Muslims from afar came to Italy with all of Asia's riches and traded with Italians, so Italians never
really left Italy.
The Italians persuaded the Muslims only to trade with themso then Italy was really
the only countryable to trade with Asia, so they did have a monopoly on the trading. This angered
the rest of Europe because they had to pay much, much more for the treasures of Asia than Italy.
Now the other countries of Europe started to try to find new ways to get to Asia.
The country that led the search for new routes to Asia was Portugal. Since Portugal's
power had grown with the decline of feudalism they were very interested in finding a new route to
Asia. In the early 1400's Prince Henry, the king of Portugal's third son, tried to find a way by the
ocean to Asia. This was a bazaar idea at this time because many people believed that...