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- Understand what the New World contributed to the Old World and vice versa.
- Explain how gunpowder affected the New World.
- Examine the discoveries of the great explorers of Spain and Portugal.
- Discuss the Italian Wars and understand how they led to the weakening of papal authority.
- Become familiar with Machiavelli's lessons from the Italian Wars.
- Take a look at the life and works of Michelangelo.
- Learn the history of the Ottoman Empire.
- Understand how the world was mapped.
- Discuss the conquistadors and encomienda.
- Examine the Valladolid debate.
1. The Old World and New World: Why Europeans Sailed to the Americas
This lesson will focus on the Age of Exploration. It will explain the main reasons why Europeans explored the New World. It will highlight their spirit of adventure, the religious desire to see natives converted, and the chance to acquire wealth.
2. History of Gunpowder and its Effects on the New World
This lesson will discuss the history of gun powder and its effect on the New World. It will highlight the development of firearms, as well as the Europeans who used gunpowder to ravage the Americas.
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.
4. The Italian Wars and Weakening of Papal Authority
This lesson will discuss the Italian Wars and their effects on the Papacy and the political landscape of Italy. It will also highlight the power struggle between France and Spain, which dominated much of 16th century Europe.
5. Machiavelli and Lessons of the Italian Wars
This lesson focuses on Machiavelli and his views on governing, specifically pertaining to the actions of rulers. It will also highlight the actions of several countries involved in the Italian Wars of the 15th and 16th centuries.
6. Michelangelo: Biography and Works
This lesson will focus on the life and works of Michelangelo. It will discuss his life in Florence, his dealings with the Medici family, his sculpture 'David,' the Sistine Chapel and many other of his awe-inspiring works.
7. 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.
8. 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.
9. Conquistadors and Encomienda System: Definition & Savaging of the New World
This lesson will discuss the conquistadors of the New World. It will highlight Hernan Cortes and Francisco Pizarro. It will also explain the encomienda system and its impact on the native populations.
10. Las Casas, Valladolid Debate & Converting the New World
This lesson will focus on Las Casas, a Spanish priest who fought for the rights of the native inhabitants of the Americas. It will also highlight the New Laws of 1542 as well as the Valladolid debates.
11. Michelangelo & the Painting of Sistine Chapel
Michelangelo initially wanted nothing to do with the Sistine Chapel. But he eventually took on the task of painting its altar wall and ceiling, and his incredible work there helped establish him as one of the foremost painters of all time.
12. Prince Henry of Portugal: Biography & Facts
Explore the life and achievements of the Portuguese Prince 'Henry the Navigator' and test your understanding of the Age of Exploration, the Portuguese Empire, and the origins of modern world travel.
13. The Black Legend: Definition & History
The history of the Spanish Empire during the Age of Exploration is filled with tales of exploitation and enslavement, all done for the glory of the Empire. This is known as the Black Legend.
14. Zheng He: Ship, Facts & Voyages
Admiral Zheng He was most famous for a series of voyages he took between 1405 and 1433 with an enormous fleet of nearly 300 ships. The voyages served a dual purpose of being both a trade mission and showcasing the power of the Ming Dynasty of China.
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