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Which explorers searched for the Northwest Passage to Asia for England?

In the 1500s and 1600s, explorers looked for a Northwest Passage through North America to Asia. They wanted a fast way to bring back riches from Asia. In 1497, the English king sent John Cabot to look for the passage. Cabot sailed to Canada, but he only found a rich fishing area.

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Similarly one may ask, what explorers searched for the Northwest Passage?

The first recorded attempt to discover the Northwest Passage was the east-west voyage of John Cabot in 1497, sent by Henry VII in search of a direct route to the Orient. In 1524, Charles V sent Estêvão Gomes to find a northern Atlantic passage to the Spice Islands.

Also Know, why did England and France want to find a northwest route to Asia? France and England both knew that the trade with Asia could bring a great amount of wealth to their countries, but the trade routes at the time were dangerous to travel. Portugal was setting a trade route along the coast of Africa, so this encouraged both nations to fins a quicker route in the northwest.

One may also ask, who discovered the Northwest Passage to Asia?

Roald Amundsen

Why was the Northwest Passage hard to find?

In the past, the Northwest Passage has been virtually impassable because it was covered by thick, year-round sea ice. However, in the past few years, climate change is allowing commercial traffic to pass through the Arctic Ocean via this once-impossible route.

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