Ch 18: ISTEP+ Grade 7 Social Studies: Conquest of the New World & Global Trade

About This Chapter

Make the preparation process for the ISTEP+ Grade 7 Social Studies exam easy for your students by having them utilize this chapter. It was put together so they will be ready for any questions on the exam that relate to the conquest of the New World and trade throughout the world.

ISTEP+ Grade 7 Social Studies: Conquest of the New World & Global Trade - Chapter Summary

The lessons in this chapter help your students quickly review the Old World and New World for the ISTEP+ Grade 7 Social Studies exam. After making their way through this chapter, they'll have more knowledge on the following:

  • Importance of international trade during the Age of Exploration
  • History of gunpowder
  • Great explorers of Spain and Portugal
  • Mapping the world
  • East Asia and European exploration
  • North American exploration
  • French exploration of the New World

The lessons' interactive format helps your students effectively retain information from this chapter. To make sure they are learning and reviewing correctly, students can use the self-assessment quizzes. Online instructors are also available to assist your students in case they have trouble with a particular topic from this chapter.

12 Lessons in Chapter 18: ISTEP+ Grade 7 Social Studies: Conquest of the New World & Global Trade
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How International Trade Changed in the Age of Exploration

1. 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 Old World and New World: Why Europeans Sailed to the Americas

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.

History of Gunpowder and its Effects on the New World

3. 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

4. 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

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.

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

6. 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.

European Exploration in India & Southeast Asia

7. 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

8. 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.

Southeast Asia During the Spice Trade

9. Southeast Asia During the Spice Trade

Pirates, gold, and spicy food. The story of European involvement in Southeast Asia shows how the Portuguese inability to adapt, combined with the joint-stock companies of the Dutch, were able to change the face of Southeast Asia.

Dutch, British and Russian Colonies in Asia: European Imperialism and Its Consequences

10. Dutch, British and Russian Colonies in Asia: European Imperialism and Its Consequences

This lesson will explore Europe's New Imperialism, which swept across Asia in the 19th and 20th centuries. It will highlight the Dutch East India Company, the Great Game, the Russo-Japanese War, and the Opium Wars.

North American Exploration & Failed Colonies of France & England

11. North American Exploration & Failed Colonies of France & England

Between 1497 and 1607, the rulers and leading citizens of European nations fought to establish their own empires in North America, as Spain had been doing for 100 years in South America. Learn about influential explorers and their failed attempts to establish their own New World colonies.

French Exploration of the New World: History & Overview

12. French Exploration of the New World: History & Overview

Learn about the French exploration of the New World in this lesson. Discover how French sailors mapped territories, and explore the impact of the French on the Native Americans.

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