SAT Subject US History Practice Question 634: Answer and Explanation

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Question: 634

75. Balboa's sighting of the Pacific Ocean and Magellan's voyage around the tip of South America motivated other European explorers to seek which of the following?

A. A land route to India
B. Spanish permission to sail the Pacific
C. A caravan route to the Indies
D. A Northwest Passage to the Pacific and Asia
E. The Middle Passage to the Americas

Correct Answer: D

Explanation:

The famous "Northwest Passage" never existed; until the Panama Canal was completed, there was no water route from the Atlantic to the Pacific without going all the way around South America or somehow negotiating the frigid waters of the chain of islands north of mainland Canada.

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