New Unit: Age of Discovery (1450-1700)


This week we begin a new unit-Age of Discovery (1450-1700). We will examine scientific discoveries, technological inventions, and visionaries who sparked an age of scientific innovations in Europe.  We examine the Europeans that engaged in exploration & conquest in Africa, Asia, and the Americas as well as the consequences of their exploration which led to colonization and slavery. We will examine the Middle Passage, the Triangular Trade, mercantilism and slavery throughout the Western Hemisphere. Finally we will look at the Scientific Revolution & the scientists who changed the world.

In order to prepare for this unit you can watch the Crash Course World history video below. The Video is titled Columbus, de Gama, & Zheng He! 15th Century Mariners. (While we will not be looking at Zheng He it is interesting that exploration has not been limited to Europe)


We will begin Unit One by examining the reasons & motivations for exploration as well as the individual explorers & the nations they sailed for. The powerpoint can be found below. You will then answer constructive response questions and complete an exploration map. 

Introduction to the Age of Exploration & Explorers Powerpoint

Constructive Response Questions & Exploration Map

If you are completing the classwork at home you can use the following links below to complete the constructive response questions and the map.

Macrohistory: Columbus to the Caribbean (continue to follow the links to the next pages)

Renaissance: Exploration & Trade

Renaissance-Age of Exploration and Discovery (this is a middle school site but is still helpful)

Explorers & Exploration Maps





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