Ch 21: GACE History: The Age of Exploration

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We can show you the important names, dates and events associated with the Age of Exploration, as you prepare for the GACE History Exam. The video lessons and self-assessment quizzes are useful tools that can help you prepare to correctly answer related questions on the test.

GACE History: The Age of Exploration - Chapter Summary

The lessons within this chapter can be a major part of your review of the Age of Exploration, in preparation for the GACE History Exam. The videos cover all the important facts you need to know for the test, including:

  • The Old and New Worlds
  • History of gunpowder
  • Explorers of Spain and Portugal
  • Mapping of the world
  • Conquistadors and the Encomienda system
  • The Columbian Exchange
  • International trade
  • Europe's market economy in the 17th century

Our expert instructors present everything you need to go over, refreshing what you studied in college and perhaps adding a few new facts, in preparation for the test. By using several didactic approaches, our brief lessons make the material more accessible and easier to retain.

Objectives of the GACE History: The Age of Exploration Chapter

The GACE History Exam is a two-part test that evaluates your understanding and knowledge of all aspects of world and US history from ancient times to the present day. Your score is used to determine if you are eligible for a teacher's license in the state of Georgia. The lessons in The Age of Exploration chapter are part of Test I, Subarea II: World History from 1450 CE to the present. This subarea makes up 60% of the questions on Test I. By taking the self-assessment quizzes that come with the video lessons, you can check on your own mastery of the material and gain practice with the types of questions that will be on the exam.

The GACE History Exam is made up entirely of selected-response items. These are passages and questions followed by several response alternatives. From the alternatives, you must select the single correct answer.

9 Lessons in Chapter 21: GACE History: The Age of Exploration
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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.

History of Gunpowder and its Effects on the New World

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.

Great Explorers of Spain and Portugal: Aims & Discoveries

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.

Mapping the World, Seaborne Commerce & Piracy

4. 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.

Conquistadors and Encomienda System: Definition & Savaging of the New World

5. 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.

Las Casas, Valladolid Debate & Converting the New World

6. 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.

The Columbian Exchange

7. 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.

How International Trade Changed in the Age of Exploration

8. 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.

The Market Economy in 17th Century Europe

9. The Market Economy in 17th Century Europe

In this lesson, we will explore the role of market economics in 17th century Europe. We will see how early capitalism impacted European society during the 17th century.

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