Ch 14: International Exploration & European Expansion

About This Chapter

Get ready to learn about international exploration and European expansion. This chapter includes lessons that will help you understand the history of journeys and some of the major explorers in history.

International Exploration & European Expansion - Chapter Summary

How did international exploration and European expansion progress? Increase your understanding of these subjects with this chapter. These lessons will help you study exploration over land and sea. You'll learn about the positive and negative effects of trade and exploration.

This chapter also provides you with information about historical explorers. Expand your understanding of changes made to international trade and how the discovery of the new world changed the situation in Europe and Africa. As you complete this chapter, you'll be learning about:

  • The Silk Road
  • Movements of indigenous peoples
  • Prince Henry of Portugal, Christopher Columbus, Bartolome de las Casas and Ferdinand Magellan
  • The encomienda system and conquistadors
  • Cultural exchange and global migration
  • Colonialism, colonial mercantilism and international trade
  • Conflicts in Jamestown and the Long War
  • The commercial revolution and the slave trade

You can count on our lessons to engage you in this portion of history. Each lesson includes important vocabulary words associated with exploration and expansion as well as a transcript for you to review. Once you've finished a lesson you can test your understanding by completing the self-assessment quiz that accompanies it.

17 Lessons in Chapter 14: International Exploration & European Expansion
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What Is the Silk Road? - Goods & Ideas Crossing China

1. What Is the Silk Road? - Goods & Ideas Crossing China

In this lesson, you will explore the history of the famous Silk Roads that connected civilizations as far apart as Persia, Greece, and China. Then, test your understanding with a brief quiz.

The Age of Discovery: Timeline & Explorers

2. 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.

Indigenous People's Movements, Governments & International Politics

3. Indigenous People's Movements, Governments & International Politics

The Age of Discovery introduced European explorers to new worlds to settle. These lands really weren't new - they were already inhabited, but that didn't matter. In this lesson, you'll learn about indigenous people's movements and their relation to international politics.

Prince Henry of Portugal: Biography & Facts

4. Prince Henry of Portugal: Biography & Facts

Explore the life and achievements of the Portuguese Prince 'Henry the Navigator' and test your understanding of the Age of Exploration, the Portuguese Empire, and the origins of modern world travel.

Christopher Columbus's Voyages: Route & Legacy

5. Christopher Columbus's Voyages: Route & Legacy

Christopher Columbus was an Italian explorer who sailed across the Atlantic Ocean in 1492, hoping to find a route to India in order to trade for spices. He made a total of four trips to the Caribbean and South America during the years 1492-1504.

Bartolome de las Casas: Destruction of the Amerindians

6. Bartolome de las Casas: Destruction of the Amerindians

In this lesson, we will meet Bartolome de las Casas, a 16th century priest and scholar who fought for the rights and dignity of Amerindians in the Spanish colonies of the New World.

Ferdinand Magellan: Biography, Facts & Timeline

7. Ferdinand Magellan: Biography, Facts & Timeline

In this lesson you will learn about Ferdinand Magellan, the first European to sail west into the Pacific and the first to lead an expedition that circled the globe. When you're finished, take the quiz to see what you've learned.

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

8. 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.

Cultural Exchange During the Age of Discovery

9. Cultural Exchange During the Age of Discovery

In this lesson we will examine biological and cultural exchange during the Age of Discovery. We will identify some of the key ideas and products subject to exchange, and highlight major developments in the process of exchange.

Global Migration & Settlement During the Age of Discovery

10. Global Migration & Settlement During the Age of Discovery

In this lesson we will learn about global migration and settlement in the Age of Discovery. We will understand the patterns and trends that developed as Europeans migrated to the New World.

Colonial Mercantilism: Definition, History & Effects

11. Colonial Mercantilism: Definition, History & Effects

Mercantilism was a major economic theory in Europe between the 16th and 18th centuries. In this lesson, we learn its four basic rules and the effects of mercantilism on history.

How International Trade Changed in the Age of Exploration

12. 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.

Colonialism Across Europe

13. 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.

Jamestown: Conflict in the New World

14. Jamestown: Conflict in the New World

This lesson focuses on the settlement of Jamestown and the conflicts that occurred between the native populations and the English settlers. While exploring this topic, it will highlight England's response to the troubles that plagued the settlement.

The Long War: Christians vs. Turks by Land

15. The Long War: Christians vs. Turks by Land

The Long War was a battle between the Ottomans and the Habsburg Empire. This lesson covers who fought on each side as well as some of the important events of the conflict.

The Commercial Revolution: Economic Impact of Exploration and Colonization on Europe

16. The Commercial Revolution: Economic Impact of Exploration and Colonization on Europe

In this lesson, we'll discuss the Commercial Revolution sparked by Europe's interaction with the New World colonies. We'll learn about how mercantilism, banking and joint-stock companies transformed the economic face of the European continent.

The Slave Trade in Africa

17. 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.

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