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It is the second smallest continent, forming the Western extension of Eurasia.

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You did not specify what you mean by 'forest deficit'. Wood for shipbuilding was a finite and important resource. Many places had royal forests that were reserved for the king, specifically for shipb …
answered Sep 12 '18 by Luiz
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Expanding on some of the previous answers: Europe needed to bypass the Moors, and China was self-sufficient in trade or busy with the Mongols. True, but "self-sufficiency" is also cultural. There … orientation, yield of crops, quality of pack-animals, geographical choke-points, etc), are not as strongly applicable to discriminate between countries in the Eurasia landmass (Europe->Middle East->India …
answered Jun 14 '18 by Luiz
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Pieter Geerkens is making a good point in the comments: a knight was usually supposed to lead a small unit from his manor/castle/etc. Besides the knights or semi-professional soldiers there could be c …
answered Sep 18 by Luiz
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Remember that the word "India" would mean 'get-rich-quick-dream-land' for the sailors. At first Columbus believed he was in Asia, and they had been looking for a way to India for generations. For Colu …
answered Apr 12 by Luiz