Ch 14: European Expansion (1450-1750)

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Re-collect your thoughts about European expansion from 1450 to 1750 by exploring the lessons in this chapter. Use the lessons to get a better idea of the timeline and important figures across these three centuries.

European Expansion (1450-1750) - Chapter Summary

Get a recap of events that occurred during the European expansion from 1450 to 1750 with this chapter. Let the video lessons show you the major events and individuals involved with the expansion. Practice answering questions by responding to the quizzes at the end of each lesson. Topics reviewed in this chapter include:

  • Sailing from the Old World to the New World
  • European colonization of the Americas
  • Attempts to assert ownership of North America
  • Portuguese and Spanish explorers
  • The Age of Exploration and changes to international trade
  • Impact of Europe colonizing the Americas
  • African slave trade
  • The Columbian Exchange
  • An overview of the Golden Age of the Dutch Republic

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9 Lessons in Chapter 14: European Expansion (1450-1750)
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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.

Colonialism Across Europe

2. Colonialism Across Europe

In the late 1400s, European explorers learned how to cross the Atlantic Ocean. This lesson explores the impact of the colonization of the Americas by Europeans and the reasons they emigrated.

Europe Battles to Claim North America

3. Europe Battles to Claim North America

From the Russians and Danes to the French and English, numerous European countries attempted to colonize North America. This lesson takes a look at many of them and explains why the English were ultimately so successful.

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.

How International Trade Changed in the Age of Exploration

5. How International Trade Changed in the Age of Exploration

In this lesson, we will explore the role of international trade during the Age of Exploration. Specifically, we will learn how the discovery of the New World impacted international trade patterns.

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.

The Slave Trade in Africa

7. The Slave Trade in Africa

The enslavement of Africans for work in American fields remains one of the darkest spots on the colonial period. This lesson explains how it evolved in the earliest days of the colonial period.

The Columbian Exchange

8. The Columbian Exchange

The Columbian Exchange is a term used to denote the world-changing exchange of agricultural goods, slave labor, diseases, and ideas between the Eastern and Western Hemispheres that occurred after the year 1492 CE.

The Rise of the Dutch Republic & Their Golden Age: History & Timeline

9. The Rise of the Dutch Republic & Their Golden Age: History & Timeline

In this lesson, we explore the birth of the Dutch Republic and the Dutch Golden Age which followed. Through innovation and economic success, the Dutch became one of the most powerful nations in seventeenth-century Europe.

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