European Exploration in India & Southeast Asia


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Why was the port of Manila strategically important?

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1. Why did Portugal have a favorable position in South Asia?

2. How did the presence of the Dutch differ from those of Portugal in South Asia?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

From our perspective, the era of European colonization only bore significance in terms of the discovery of North and South America. However, the Europeans also set out to explore the world to the east, launching several expeditions to what is now India and Southeast Asia. The quiz questions found here will go over some key points related to this often overlooked aspect of European exploration, such as the most significant European powers and crucial ports in Southeast Asia.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

This quiz and worksheet will test you on:

  • Manila
  • The first European power in the Indian Ocean
  • The Joint Stock Company
  • England's advantages
  • Control of Southeast Asia

Skills Practiced

  • Information recall - make sure you can accurately recall the basic information on the European exploration of India and Southeast Asia, including the relevant European powers and some of the more important regions and cities
  • Reading comprehension - check your understanding of the milestones of European exploration in Southeast Asia, the advantages of certain countries, and the eventual political control of the region
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge of Europe's exploration of Southeast Asia to answer questions identifying important European countries based upon their activities in exploring the area and the ultimate effects of the explorations

Additional Learning

To learn more about this subject, review the corresponding lesson called European Exploration in India and Southeast Asia. This lesson covers the following topics:

  • Early Portuguese explorations
  • Joint Stock Companies
  • The arrival of the English
  • Ultimate control of the region