Throughout this period in history countires all around the world were going through changes and expanding their power. In Europe specifically, new regions were being discovered in which major leaders would then attempt to take control over. The
maritime empires were a major contributor to the expansion and state building in Europe. These empires took control of the land they had, and once unified, they began conquests for more. Another major expansion was the commercial expansion. This growth brought about many advances in economies, however it also was the cause of many conflicts.