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Ch 2: Chapter 2: Europe Looks Outward (1000-1720)

About This Chapter

The Europe Looks Outward chapter of this Prentice Hall America Textbook Companion course aligns with the same chapter in the Prentice Hall America textbook. These simple and fun video lessons are about five minutes long and help you learn the essential lessons about European exploration, colonization and various North American settlements.

How It Works:

  • Find the lesson within this chapter that corresponds to what you're studying in the Europe Looks Outward chapter of your textbook.
  • Watch fun videos that cover the European exploration topics you need to learn or review.
  • Complete the quizzes to test your understanding.
  • If you need additional help, rewatch the videos until you've mastered the material or submit a question for one of our instructors.

Chapter Topics

You'll learn all of the history topics covered in the textbook chapter, including:

  • Reasons why Europeans came to the New World
  • Emergence of seaborne commerce and piracy
  • Major Spanish and Portuguese explorers
  • Impact of European colonization on Native Americans
  • Failed French and English colonies
  • Settlements of New France, New Sweden and New Netherlands

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8 Lessons in Chapter 2: Chapter 2: Europe Looks Outward (1000-1720)
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The Old World and New World: Why Europeans Sailed to the Americas

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.

Mapping the World, Seaborne Commerce & Piracy

2. 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.

New Spain: Spanish Explorers and Spanish Colonies

3. New Spain: Spanish Explorers and Spanish Colonies

Who are the most well-known explorers and conquistadors of the New World? In this lesson, we'll look at some of the most infamous explorers. We'll discover the difference between explorers and conquistadors, and then learn about the encomienda system.

Great Explorers of Spain and Portugal: Aims & Discoveries

4. 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.

Francisco Pizarro: Route & Facts

5. Francisco Pizarro: Route & Facts

In this lesson we meet one of the most well-known explorers: Spanish conquistador (conqueror) Francisco Pizarro, who defeated the powerful Inca Empire of South America.

Effects of European Colonization: Christopher Columbus and Native Americans

6. Effects of European Colonization: Christopher Columbus and Native Americans

The earliest explorers in the Western Hemisphere left a legacy that would shape the development of the Americas permanently. No matter what they came looking for, Europeans left behind death, horses, and metal.

North American Exploration & Failed Colonies of France & England

7. North American Exploration & Failed Colonies of France & England

Between 1497 and 1607, the rulers and leading citizens of European nations fought to establish their own empires in North America, as Spain had been doing for 100 years in South America. Learn about influential explorers and their failed attempts to establish their own New World colonies.

New France, New Netherlands & New Sweden: North American Settlements

8. New France, New Netherlands & New Sweden: North American Settlements

Spain and England weren't the only European nations trying to establish colonies in the New World. The French had a foothold for more than a century, and the Dutch and Swedish fought for their own places in America.

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