Say, another region of the world becomes centrepiece and is the one exploring the world. (Most likely East Asia or the Middle East) What would be the reasons to colonize Europe? Obviously the Americas had land, gold, resources, Asia had luxorious and valuable tradegoods and Africa had slaves. (This is pre 1900 of course) What has Europe to offer? Sure it has timber, coal and minerals, but essentially it is just a fertile peninsula of Asia.