European exploration and colonization resulted from a combination of forces, including, war, faith, and markets. By 285 CE the Roman Empire had grown so vast that it was no longer feasible to govern all the provinces from the central seat of Rome. The Emperor Diocletian Divided the empire into halves with the Eastern Empire governed out of Byzantium (later Constantinople) and the Western Empire governed from Rome. The Roman Empire was crumbling upon itself, which caused the Roman Empire to divide and Emperor Constantine to move the capital of Rome East to Constantinople (in 330 AD) where the most abundance of trade was. This left the European half of the Mediterranean subject to lawlessness, piracy, barbarian, and, eventually, Muslim invasions. This event also marked the end of the Roman and beginning of the Byzantine period, which officially made Byzantine Christian.
Because the city of Rome was abandoned, along with all of Italy, competition between the protection of Roman military resulted in the development of European nation states. Which eventually become France, Germany, Spain and England. When the Empire fell, all of Europe shattered into to small pieces, which they stayed divided for over 1,500 years.
Some of my recommendations ( Fly-on-the-wall) to this era would be to keep the trade, hunting, warfare, and personal property going as the European goods, ideas, and diseases will shape the changing continent. Though it may sound weird to say keep the warfare, it will eventually lead to a significant outcome. The European diseases will shape the changing continent by exploring ways of curing the disease, or learning what might cause those certain diseases.
I found a majority of responses to the discussions in the textbook from when I had read those chapters and looked back on my notes from those chapters, and a few responses from outside source which was Mark, Joshua J. “Western Roman Empire.” Ancient History Encyclopedia. Ancient History Encyclopedia, 01 Dec 2011. Web. 19 Oct 2018.