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To start off, the only reason Europeans specifically, the Spanish and Portuguese, explored the new world was to find a water passage to Asia so that they could avoid the long journey around Africa and to India. However as time progressed and new lands discovered it became clear that the Americas blocked a quick and easy path to the Orient (Asia). As a result, Europeans began exploring the lands of North and South America, finding gold and silver which attracted many other settlers from Europe. Europeans also began the cultivation of cash crops such as tobacco and cotton, and hunted otters and beavers for their furs which could fetch high values back in Europe

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Q: Which aspect of America encouraged European exploration for the sake of discovery?
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