Wednesday, December 1, 2010

European Colonial Empires

fig.1. British Empire
The first global empires were a product of the European Age of Exploration that began with a race of exploration between the then most advanced maritime powers, Portugal, and Spain, in the 15th century. The two motive forces for this race were trade and Capitalism that developed due the Renaissance and agreements reached in 1479, 1493 and 1494.  
fig.2. Spanish Empire
fig.3. Italian Empire
fig. 4. Russian Empire
fig. 5. German Empire
fig.6. French Empire
fig. 7. Dutch Empire
fig. 8. Portuguese Empire