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The economically important Silk Road (red) and spice trade routes (blue) blocked by the Ottoman Empire c. 1453 with the fall of the Byzantine Empire, spurring exploration motivated initially by the finding of a sea route around Africa and triggering the Age of Discovery.

The spice route was a route between Asia and Europe.

A few hundred years ago, the rich people wanted spices. Spices did not grow in Europe, so they had to be brought from Asia. People made a route to go from Europe to Asia to buy spices. The route was very difficult and so the spices were expensive. People tried to find ways cheaper than the spice route, like going the other way around the world. This is how many things were discovered, like the Western Hemisphere.

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