What compelled European countries to seek a passage to Asia? What were they looking for or to accomplish?

What compelled European countries to seek a passage to Asia? What were they looking for or to accomplish?

fter reading the posted materials (Learning Resources, articles, book chapters, and web-based sources), answer the question below with a short essay-like answer consisting of 3 (three) paragraphs (Introduction, Body, and Conclusion), utilizing complete sentences, proper grammar, and syntax. These posts are graded and constitute a major portion of your grade. THEY ARE REQUIRED EVERY WEEK.

I EXPECT COLLEGE LEVEL WRITING. This is a writing assignment- not a class chat. YOU MUST PROVIDE CITATION (with page numbers, if available) for the source especially when quoting. Use the Chicago Manual of Style (CMS) format for citation. You must provide a Bibliography with your posting. You must pull information from (3) three different posted/provided sources when answering the question: do not use outside sources or websites.

QUESTION: What compelled European countries to seek a passage to Asia? What were they looking for or to accomplish?