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Why hadn’t europeans used maritime routes before the age of exploration? 1.they feared that the muslims controlling portugal and spain made maritime routes unsafe. 2.they didn’t have the ships and navigation skills to travel around africa to asia. 3.they focused on exploring europe for gold, silver, and other precious metals. 4.they were interested only in trading with other european nations.

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The correct answer is 2. They did not have the ships and navigational skills to travel around Africa to Asia.

The Age of Exploration would not have been possible without the invention of new ships such as caravans or the extensive research / study of navigation by the likes of Prince Henry the Navigator. Both of these factors allowed explorers to have a more reliable mode of transport and a better understanding of the geography / conditions they would encounter during their journey.