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Ch 9: NMTA: The Age of Exploration

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Include this chapter in your review resources as you study for the NMTA Middle Grades Social Science certification exam. In doing so, you might learn more about the motivation behind the exploration of the Americas.

NMTA: The Age of Exploration - Chapter Summary

Watch the short, engaging lesson videos of this chapter to refresh your memory of the events that motivated the Europeans' exploration of the Americas, the contributions of Michelangelo, the Spanish conquests and the Ottoman Empire. These lesson videos are taught by our expert instructors who will help you prepare for exam questions about:

  • The New World and the Old World
  • Explorers of Spain and Portugal
  • Papal authority and the Italian Wars
  • Michelangelo
  • The slave trade and the Columbian exchange
  • The Qing and Ming Dynasties
  • Japan and its unification
  • Mughal and Safavid
  • Conquistadors and the encomienda system
  • Culture and exploits of the Ottoman Empire

These lessons are mobile-device friendly so that you can study them anywhere your device works. If you think you would benefit from an alternative review of the material try reading over the lesson transcripts that present the same material but in a written format. Complete the assessments that accompany these lessons to test your knowledge of the Age of Exploration.

NMTA: The Age of Exploration Chapter Objectives

The NMTA Middle Grades Social Science test is administered by computer. It contains 150 multiple-choice questions, and you'll have up to three hours for completion. Worth half of the exam score, the History domain includes questions on this chapter's topics. Use this chapter to prepare yourself for questions about European exploration and expansion.

10 Lessons in Chapter 9: NMTA: The Age of Exploration
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.

China During the Ming & Qing Dynasties (1368-1911)

8. China During the Ming & Qing Dynasties (1368-1911)

The last two dynasties in Chinese history were the Ming and the Qing. Although quite different, they faced many of the same issues, and often the Qing copied the Ming, even in their mistakes.

Unification of Japan & the Tokugawa Rule (1551-1868)

9. Unification of Japan & the Tokugawa Rule (1551-1868)

From a society that the Chinese called 'barbaric' to American gunboats in Tokyo Bay, Japan experienced a great deal of change in three centuries. Center to much of that change was the Tokugawa Shogunate.

The Emergence of Three Empires in Eurasia: Ottoman, Safavid & Mughal

10. The Emergence of Three Empires in Eurasia: Ottoman, Safavid & Mughal

This lesson focuses on the Ottoman empire of Turkey, the Safavid Empire of Iran, and the Mughal Empire of India and Pakistan. It highlights the terms theocracy, ghazi, and God-ism.

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