Ch 13: Age of Exploration, Settlement & Growth

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It was an age of explorers, pirates, traders and seafarers as Europeans and others set out to map the globe. Relive this exciting time in history as you experience the lessons in the Age of Exploration, Settlement & Growth chapter.

Age of Exploration, Settlement & Growth - Chapter Summary

Examine how the search for riches in gold, silver and other forms of wealth led the Spanish, Portuguese, British, Dutch and others to take to the seas on voyages of combined exploration and exploitation. Meet England's Sea Dogs and discover why they were a major threat to Philip II of Spain. Let us show you how the major powers of the day fought for control and colonial rights to North, Central and South America.

The beginnings of world trade can be seen in this period, as mercantilism blossoms and trading companies spring up. European inroads into Asia and India marked the expansion of colonial interests and took trade to a global level. You will study the material shown below in these lessons:

  • Exploration and charting of new lands, trade across the seas, pirates
  • European colonialism and exploration in East Asia, Southeast Asia and India
  • Overview of the Ottoman Empire
  • Colonies and conflict in the Americas
  • Mercantilism, trade on a worldwide scale and the Columbian Exchange

Delightfully animated and skillfully presented, these video lessons, along with the informative text lessons, make studying fun. The material is presented in short, easy to assimilate bites lasting no longer than ten minutes. Each video has an accompanying transcript with highlighted vocabulary terms, so you can customize study methods to your preferred style of learning. Subject-matter specialists and well-credentialed instructors are available for questions, so help is always as close as your computer mouse!

8 Lessons in Chapter 13: Age of Exploration, Settlement & Growth
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Mapping the World, Seaborne Commerce & Piracy

1. Mapping the World, Seaborne Commerce & Piracy

This lesson will focus on the improvement of maps, the growth of seaborne commerce, and the piracy that occurred during the Age of Exploration. It will also highlight the famous Sea Dogs of England.

Colonialism Across Europe

2. Colonialism Across Europe

In the late 1400s, European explorers learned how to cross the Atlantic Ocean. This lesson explores the impact of the colonization of the Americas by Europeans and the reasons they emigrated.

European Exploration in East Asia

3. European Exploration in East Asia

Europeans faced significant difficulties when trying to trade with China and Japan. Much of this was due to preexisting notions that these East Asian societies held towards all outsiders.

European Exploration in India & Southeast Asia

4. European Exploration in India & Southeast Asia

While many in the United States focus primarily on the exploration of the New World during the Age of Exploration, a great deal of economic empire building was happening in the Indian Ocean.

Suleiman and the Ottoman Empire: History, Culture & Exploits

5. Suleiman and the Ottoman Empire: History, Culture & Exploits

This lesson will focus on Suleiman the Magnificent, ruler of the Ottoman Empire. It will highlight his conquests of Eastern Europe and his wars with the Habsburg Dynasty. It will also discuss the cultural advancements of his rule.

Colonies in Central & South America

6. Colonies in Central & South America

Spanish and Portuguese colonies in Central and South America were primarily moneymaking ventures, centered largely around the production of sugar and the mining of silver. This lesson explains the many consequences of European success in colonizing Central and South America.

Europe Battles to Claim North America

7. Europe Battles to Claim North America

From the Russians and Danes to the French and English, numerous European countries attempted to colonize North America. This lesson takes a look at many of them and explains why the English were ultimately so successful.

The Columbian Exchange, Global Trade & Mercantilism

8. The Columbian Exchange, Global Trade & Mercantilism

Along with opening up two new continents, the discovery of the Americas opened up brand new trade routes reaching around the world, with goods from every place imaginable, and the money to make it all happen.

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