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Exploration of the New World - Chapter Summary
Our expert instructors present information you can use to teach your students about the exploration of the New World in this chapter. In a series of video lessons that work well when used in the classroom, you'll find topics including the Columbian Exchange, piracy and seaborne commerce and why the Europeans sailed to the Americas. Use the video tabs feature to skip to a specific section of the video you'd like to show in class, or play the entire video for your students. These videos allow you to engage your students and bring technology into your classroom.
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Use this chapter to teach your students how to:
- Detail the explorers and timeline of the Age of Discovery
- Explain why the Europeans sailed to the New World
- Discuss piracy, seaborne commerce and mapping the world
- Outline the Columbian Exchange
1. The Age of Discovery: Timeline & Explorers
In this lesson, we will examine what is commonly called the Age of Discovery. We learn what it was and when it was, and we will look at some of the important explorers who lived during this dynamic time.
2. 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.
3. 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.
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