Visual Source: Image of the Nina

European Exploration, Perception of the Other, and the Columbian Exchange

What factors contributed to the European interest in exploration?

This image is of Columbus’ ship the Nina which was an example of a recent innovation in ship design: the caravel. A caravel could carry supplies for up to a year, required only a small crew, could operate in shallow water, and had lateen sails that allow it to sail windward.

Image of the Nina