Portuguese and Spanish Empires: Growth in the New World & Asia


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Which of the following was LIKELY the main motivation for European exploration?

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1. Which of the following statements about notable Spanish explorers' claims on the Americas is FALSE?

2. How did Portugal's main interests in exploration differ from Spain's intentions?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

This assessment focuses on key topics which include Spanish and Portuguese exploration, which Spaniard conquered the Aztecs and who conquered the Incas.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

You will be asked questions about the:

  • Motivations for European exploration and expansion
  • First exploration efforts of the Portuguese
  • Spanish conquering of the Aztecs and Incas

Skills Practiced

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information about what the Portuguese focused on in their explorations from the lesson on Portuguese and Spanish explorers and empires
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding where the Portuguese traveled first
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about the causes for Europe's exploration and expansion

Additional Learning

The lesson called Portuguese and Spanish Empires: Growth in the New World & Asia can be a great resource to learn more about this time in history. The lesson's material goes over these objectives:

  • Identify the main factors motivating European exploration
  • Recognize early missions of Portuguese exploration
  • Understand Spain's entry into Western exploration
  • Recognize the expansion of the Spanish empire in the West