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Ch 37: HiSET: The Age of Exploration

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In preparation for the HiSET Social Studies exam, watch the lesson videos in this chapter on the Age of Exploration to reinforce your understanding of the motivations and effects behind the European exploration and settlement of the New World.

HiSET: The Age of Exploration - Chapter Summary

These videos are led by expert instructors and will help you review the events that motivated Europeans to explore the New World. Watching these videos will also help you understand the technologies that encouraged exploration as well as its effects. After you have completed this chapter you should be able to answer questions on the High School Equivalency Test (HiSET) Social Studies about:

  • Spanish Inquisition and the conquests of Spain
  • Reasons for the exploration of the New World
  • Technologies that allowed for the exploration and conquest of the Americas
  • Motivations behind mapping the world
  • Italian Wars and the weakening of papal power
  • Michelangelo
  • The history, culture and exploits of the Ottoman Empire

If at any time you have a question about the material in this chapter ask our instructors for clarification. Take quizzes to help you determine what areas you haven't mastered, then review those areas with the video tags that let you return to main points of each video. Use the chapter exam to gauge your understanding of the material.

HiSET: The Age of Exploration Objectives

Individuals in participating states who want to obtain a high school equivalency credential have the option of taking the HiSET. HiSET Social Studies is a subtest of the exam that is composed of 50 multiple-choice questions and takes approximately 70 minutes to complete. Of the 50 multiple-choice questions, 38% are on history and 6% are on geography. Prepare for related questions by using the videos and quizzes offered in this chapter covering the events, motivations and tools of the Age of Exploration.

11 Lessons in Chapter 37: HiSET: The Age of Exploration
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Reconquista and Spanish Inquisition

1. Reconquista and Spanish Inquisition

This lesson will explain the Spanish Reconquista and the Spanish Inquisition. It will focus on the reasons for each, specifically highlighting the role of Ferdinand and Isabella, and the tortures they allowed.

How the Compass Helped Columbus

2. How the Compass Helped Columbus

This lesson will explore the use of the compass during Columbus' voyages to the New World. It will highlight the navigational techniques of dead reckoning and celestial navigation. It will also review the voyages of Columbus.

The Old World and New World: Why Europeans Sailed to the Americas

3. 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

4. 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.

Mapping the World, Seaborne Commerce & Piracy

5. 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.

The Italian Wars and Weakening of Papal Authority

6. 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.

Machiavelli and Lessons of the Italian Wars

7. 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.

Michelangelo: Biography and Works

8. 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.

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

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.

Las Casas, Valladolid Debate & Converting the New World

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.

Suleiman and the Ottoman Empire: History, Culture & Exploits

11. 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.

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