Ch 6: AP European History: The Age of Expansion

About This Chapter

Watch age of expansion video lessons and learn about conquistadors, Columbus, global exchange, and more. These lessons are just a portion of our AP European History course.

AP European History: The Age of Expansion - Chapter Summary and Learning Objectives

As European culture saw a rebirth in the Renaissance, a curiosity about the rest of the world began to grow as well. In this chapter, you'll learn about the early explorations of Europeans who were searching for new routes of trade and fresh resources to be exchanged. Our instructors will explain how the Spanish and Portuguese Empires were at the forefront of this exploration and who they sent to these faraway lands. We'll also look at what and who these explorers found. This chapter is designed to teach you:

  • The reach of the Spanish and Portuguese Empires
  • Important explorers and their discoveries
  • How global travel impacted society
  • Which goods began to be exchanged

Portuguese and Spanish EmpiresLearn how these two empires came into being during this time and which lands they controlled.
How the Compass Helped ColumbusTake a look at how this new technology aided Columbus on his journey.
The Great Explorers of Spain and PortugalStudy famous explorers who traveled to new lands, including Henry the Navigator and Columbus.
ConquistadorsExamine these soldiers, explorers, and adventurers who sailed beyond Europe in the service of the Spanish and Portuguese Empires.
Bartolome de las Casas: Destruction of the AmerindiansStudy the writings and reforms of this Spanish friar who chronicled the first decades of colonization in the West Indies.

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