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

VideoObjective
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.

5 Lessons in Chapter 6: AP European History: The Age of Expansion
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Portuguese and Spanish Empires: Growth in the New World & Asia

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

This lesson will explore the motivations, foundations, and growth of the Portuguese and Spanish empires in the New World and Asia. We will also meet a few famous Portuguese and Spanish explorers.

How the Compass Helped Columbus

2. How the Compass Helped Columbus

This lesson will explore the use of the compass during Columbus' voyages to the New World. It will highlight the navigational techniques of dead reckoning and celestial navigation. It will also review the voyages of Columbus.

Great Explorers of Spain and Portugal: Aims & Discoveries

3. Great Explorers of Spain and Portugal: Aims & Discoveries

This lesson will focus on the New World explorations of Spain and Portugal. It will list explorers from both of these countries while also highlighting the motivations behind European exploration.

Conquistadores: Spanish Conquests of South & Central America

4. Conquistadores: Spanish Conquests of South & Central America

In this lesson, we will study the Spanish conquistadores who marched through the New World and helped to establish Spain's empire. We will focus especially on the conquistadores of South and Central America.

Bartolome de las Casas: Destruction of the Amerindians

5. Bartolome de las Casas: Destruction of the Amerindians

In this lesson, we will meet Bartolome de las Casas, a 16th century priest and scholar who fought for the rights and dignity of Amerindians in the Spanish colonies of the New World.

Chapter Practice Exam
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