Skip to main content


The internal combustion engine

The Age of Discovery: reasons, problems and impacts

This article investigates the beginnings of the Age of Discovery and its impacts, both on the exploring powers and the populations they encountered

A statue in Lisbon showing Henry the Navigator leading Portuguese explorers

The European ‘Age of Discovery’ occurred over three centuries from c.1350–1650, as European states began to explore the Atlantic, Indian, and Pacific Oceans. It was a gradual process but also included periods of rapid expansion. It had a dramatic impact on Europe, and on those populations Europeans encountered. Millions of indigenouspeople perished due to diseases introduced, and plants, animals and a multitude of goods were distributed across the globe with implications for many of today’s economies and societies.

AQA 1B Spain in the Age of Discovery, 1469–1598

Your organisation does not have access to this article.

Sign up today to give your students the edge they need to achieve their best grades with subject expertise



The internal combustion engine

Related articles: