: sailed to chart the land for war reasons.
Wanted to find a route to the Moluccas. If Magellan could reach the Moluccas from the West, Spain's wealth would surpass all other countries. He sailed around the world.
Vasco da Gama:
Established trade route from Europe to India. He was a pirate and murder. " At one point, da Gama waited for a ship to return from Mecca
, and seized all the merchandise; they then locked the 380 passengers in the hold and set the ship on fire. It took four days for the ship to sink, killing all men, women, and children."
While on a voyage of exploration for Spain in search of a direct sea trade route to the Far East, Christopher Columbus unintentionally discovered the New World.
All these folks went for a reason. For expanded trade. (and or war advantages) More trade = more money and better living.
Have to say I learned a lot researching these guys!!