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Which of the following was a major factor that encouraged European exploration during the 15th century as opposed to earlier centuries?


Unified under strong monarchs, many European nations were eager to grow commercially.


Plagues like The Black Death forced many nations to seek refuge in the establishment of colonies in the New World.


Religious wars due to the Reformation prevented many nations from seeking opportunities in the New World.


The Northwest Passage route was not yet discovered by European explorers.


Cross-Atlantic voyages had proven disastrous until the 15th century.

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