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Ch 16: History of Our World Chapter 16: Exploration: Europe and Asia

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The Exploration: Europe and Asia chapter of this Prentice Hall History of Our World Companion Course helps students learn the essential lessons associated with European exploration in Asian and the Americas. Each of these simple and fun video lessons is about five minutes long and is sequenced to align with the Exploration: Europe and Asia textbook chapter.

How It Works:

  • Identify the lessons in Prentice Hall Exploration: Europe and Asia chapter with which you need help.
  • Find the corresponding video lessons with this companion course chapter.
  • Watch fun videos that cover European exploration in the Americas and Asia 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.

Students will study:

  • Early European exploration in the New World
  • Mapmaking, marine commerce and piracy
  • Spanish and Portuguese exploration
  • Columbus, Native Americans and the origins of European colonization
  • European exploration in India, Southeast Asia, and East Asia

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7 Lessons in Chapter 16: History of Our World Chapter 16: Exploration: Europe and Asia
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.

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.

Effects of European Colonization: Christopher Columbus and Native Americans

4. 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.

European Exploration in India & Southeast Asia

5. European Exploration in India & Southeast Asia

While many in the United States focus primarily on the exploration of the New World during the Age of Exploration, a great deal of economic empire building was happening in the Indian Ocean.

European Exploration in East Asia

6. European Exploration in East Asia

Europeans faced significant difficulties when trying to trade with China and Japan. Much of this was due to preexisting notions that these East Asian societies held towards all outsiders.

What Is the Northwest Passage? - Explorers, Definition & History

7. What Is the Northwest Passage? - Explorers, Definition & History

In this lesson we explore the Northwest Passage and the explorers who devoted voyages to finding a quick route to East Asia, through North America, from Europe.

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