About This Chapter
Who's it for?
This unit of our AP World History Homeschool Curriculum course will benefit any student who is trying to learn about colonialism. There is no faster or easier way to learn about European exploration and colonization. Among those who would benefit are:
- Students who require an efficient, self-paced course of study to learn about the Long War, the English Civil War, the Commercial Revolution and the Gunpowder Plot.
- Homeschool parents looking to spend less time preparing lessons and more time teaching.
- Homeschool parents who need a history curriculum that appeals to multiple learning types (visual or auditory).
- Gifted students and students with learning differences.
How it works:
- Students watch a short, fun video lesson that covers a specific unit topic.
- Students and parents can refer to the video transcripts to reinforce learning.
- Short quizzes and a colonialism unit exam confirm understanding or identify any topics that require review.
Colonialism Unit Objectives:
- Understand what led to the formation of the Holy Leagues and the start of the Long War.
- Identify European colonies in the New World, and discuss the conflict in Jamestown.
- Summarize the contributions of Francis Bacon, Rene Descartes, Cardinal Richelieu and Galileo.
- Explain the events that led up to the Gunpowder Plot and the English Civil War.
- Understand the economic effect of colonization on Europe.
- Discuss colonization in Africa.
- Explain the purpose of the Berlin Conference.
1. Holy Leagues: Christians vs. Turks by Sea
A Holy League is constituted of allied groups with ties to the Papacy (or another religious figure), and it is often used in Christian military campaigns. Examine the use of Holy Leagues under several popes throughout the Battle for the Mediterranean against the Turks, and evaluate the results of these crusades.
2. The Long War: Christians vs. Turks by Land
The Long War between the Habsburg Monarchy and the Turks of the Ottoman Empire occurred from 1591 to around 1606 and was made up of different conflicts. Learn more about the Habsburg Empire, the Christian Alliance of the Pope and several European powers against the Turks, and the locations of key battles during the Long War, which also is known as the 50 Years War.
3. Colonialism Across Europe
In the 15th century, several European countries sought to develop communities and commercial activities beyond Europe. Learn about colonialism across Europe to understand how Europe expanded. Review the Columbian exchange, conquest, commerce, settlement, English expansion, and colonial control after 1650.
4. Baroque Painting: Style, Characteristics & Artists
Baroque is a style of art that was a response to Renaissance artwork, and focuses heavily on light and background to add emphasis to its paintings, architecture and sculptures. Learn more about Baroque art, its origins and characteristics, and the famous artists who embraced this style.
5. Baroque Sculpture: Characteristics & Style
Baroque sculpture is distinct based on location, varying between Italy, France, Spain, Germany, and Belgium. Learn the variety of themes expressed through the Baroque style, and distinct characteristics seen through the sculptures in each country.
6. Baroque Architecture: Style, Characteristics & Features
Baroque architecture is renown for irregular design, using curves, symmetry, and optical illusions. Explore the themes, uses in Italian churches, and the impact on the Vatican, Louvre, and the palace at Versailles.
7. Francis Bacon: History, Ideas and Legacy
Sir Francis Bacon's legacy in the scientific community is due largely in part to his contributions in separating science from religious philosophy. Learn more about how Bacon's ideas on the scientific method contributed to the Scientific Revolution and changed the field forever.
8. Cardinal Richelieu and his Influence on the World
Cardinal Richelieu was a politician in the 17th century and considered to be one of the greatest of his time. Discover Richelieu's influence on the world by delving into his life, career, and victory over the Huguenots.
9. Galileo, the Telescope & the Church
In the early 1600s, Italian scientist Galileo used a telescope to explore the solar system. Learn about Galileo, his experiments and scientific process, his use of the telescope, and the conflict his actions created with the Church.
10. Rene Descartes and the Union of Religion and Philosophy
Rene Descartes' theoretical work on how knowledge comes from the mind, not from the senses, was seminal in shaping modern philosophy. Learn about Descartes' theory of perception and how its three arguments (deceiving God, evil demon, and dream) ultimately united religion and philosophy through science.
11. Jamestown: Conflict in the New World
Jamestown, founded in an area that later became Virginia, was England's first permanent settlement in the Americas. Explore an overview of Jamestown and its settlers, including conflicts in the New World, England's involvement, and the 1622 Massacre.
12. The Gunpowder Treason: England After Elizabeth I
The Gunpowder Treason was a plot devised by Catholics to kill King James I and major English politicians by blowing up Parliament by igniting barrels of gunpowder stashed in the basement. Explore how King Henry VIII's split from the church in Rome and Queen Elizabeth and King James' subsequent persecution of English Catholics inspired the hatching of the treasonist plot.
13. The English Civil War and Failure of Charles' Monarchy
The English Civil War came as a result of Parliament's dissatisfaction with King Charles' monarchy. Learn about the Divine Right of Kings, explore Parliament's strikes against Charles on religion, money, and Parliament, and analyze the events surrounding the war and Charles' execution.
14. The English Civil War and the Rise of Cromwell's Theocracy
In the 1600s, Oliver Cromwell was a prominent figure in England's Civil War and in the theocracy established after the war ended. Learn about the English Civil War and the rise of Cromwell's theocracy, review an introduction to Cromwell, his role as Lord Protector, and some of the laws established under him, and explore the death of Cromwell to understand his influence and legacy in England.
15. The Commercial Revolution: Economic Impact of Exploration and Colonization on Europe
Near the end of the Middle Ages, European commerce increased and helped spur the Industrial Revolution. Discover how mercantilism and the New World influenced the Commercial Revolution, and understand how the Commercial Revolution influenced banks, joint-stock companies, and inflation.
16. The Colonization of Africa & the Berlin Conference: Definition & Purpose
In the mid-1880's, over a dozen European nations met at the Berlin Conference to create guidelines for the colonization of Africa. Learn about the definition of colonization and the purpose of the Berlin Conference.
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