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Effects of the Crusades

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Effects of the Crusades
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Reading Level
     edHelper's suggested reading level:   grades 7 to 9
     Flesch-Kincaid grade level:   9.06

     challenging words:    heraldry, far-away, prosperous, better, finance, saffron, largely, military, algebra, despite, goal, trade, loss, fell, seafaring, control
     content words:    Holy Land, Small Christian, Eastern Roman, Byzantine Empire, Middle East, Mediterranean Sea, Middle Eastern, Medieval Europe, Medieval European-style, Middle Ages

Effects of the Crusades
By Sharon Fabian

1     The Crusaders went to Jerusalem with one main goal in mind -- to take control of the Holy Land back from the Turks. Despite many attempts, this goal was never reached. Small Christian states were established for a time in and around Jerusalem, but they soon returned to Turkish control.
2     There was another loss for the Crusaders too. The Eastern Roman (Christian) Empire, known as the Byzantine Empire, fell into the hands of the Turks after the end of the Crusades.
3     Despite these military losses, the Crusades also had many positive results.
4     The necessity of carrying on long military campaigns in a distant land brought about some of the changes. For example, armies found ways to build better ships and to make better maps. The use of heraldry to identify warriors developed during the Crusades. Businessmen developed more modern banking methods to finance these large military enterprises. New tools, some of them discovered in the East, like the magnetic compass came into use for the first time in Europe.

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