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Ch 8: MTTC Social Studies (Secondary): Age of Exploration

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Use this chapter to refresh your knowledge of the Age of Exploration as you study for the MTTC Social Studies (Secondary) assessment. Comprehensive lessons and self-assessment quizzes can reinforce this subject to help you prepare for the test.

MTTC Social Studies (Secondary): Age of Exploration - Chapter Summary

The video lessons in this chapter take an in-depth look at the Age of Exploration to make studying for the MTTC Social Studies (Secondary) assessment simpler. After reviewing the lessons, you will be prepared for:

  • Sharing details about why Europeans sailed to the Americas
  • Describing the aims and discoveries of the great explorers of Spain and Portugal
  • Explaining the Italian wars and weakening of papal authority
  • Discussing Machiavelli and the lessons of the Italian wars
  • Providing insight into the conquistadors and encomienda system
  • Sharing details about the Columbian Exchange
  • Detailing the slave trade in Africa

Expert instructors offer a detailed analysis of this subject to ensure you never feel underprepared as you study for the assessment. You can watch and revisit the video lessons as often as you'd like to absorb the materials at a comfortable pace.

Objectives of the MTTC Social Studies (Secondary): Age of Exploration Chapter

The objective of the MTTC Social Studies (Secondary): Age of Exploration chapter is to strengthen your knowledge of the subject as you prepare to take this teacher certification assessment. The topics covered in this chapter are found in the world history subarea of the exam, which constitutes approximately 18% of the total test.

The assessment features 100 multiple-choice questions and can be taken on paper or computer. In addition to watching the video lessons in this chapter, gauge your readiness to take the test with short self-assessment quizzes.

7 Lessons in Chapter 8: MTTC Social Studies (Secondary): 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.

Great Explorers of Spain and Portugal: Aims & Discoveries

2. 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.

The Italian Wars and Weakening of Papal Authority

3. 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

4. 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.

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.

The Columbian Exchange

6. 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.

The Slave Trade in Africa

7. 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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