posted by chris .
What motivated western Europeans to explore and colonize in the wider world?
The desire for the products of far away places.
Spices from the East Indies
Gold from Central and South America
Fur and tobacco and fish from North America
Slaves from much of Africa
Space to settle away from crowded or unfriendly home nations (Pilgrims, Huguenots, Puritans, Quakers etc)
Desire to spread thir particular religion
I am sure you can find more in your text.