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Ch 10: NYSTCE Social Studies: European Expansion

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This chapter on European expansion goes over all the related information you'll want to make sure you're familiar with going into the NYSTCE Social Studies Exam, with video lessons taught by professional instructors guiding you towards an enhanced test-readiness.

NYSTCE Social Studies: European Expansion - Chapter Summary

This chapter examines several key historical events and movements involved with European expansion, hitting on all the related topics you may encounter on the exam. By the end of this chapter, you can expect to be better prepared to answer questions pertaining to:

  • Reasons Europeans sought to explore the New World
  • Purpose of emigration and impact of colonization
  • European attempts to claim North America
  • Significant explorers from Spain and Portugal and their motivations
  • Effects of European colonization on the Native Americans
  • Changes to international trade during the Age of Exploration
  • The slave trade in Africa and colonial America
  • European exploration in east Asia, India, and southeast Asia
  • Spice trade in southeast Asia

You'll be able to check your understanding with a practice quiz at the end of each lesson, which will also serve as a way to familiarize yourself with the types of questions you may see on the exam. These helpful quizzes will provide links back to the point of the lesson that deals with the topic in question should you get an answer wrong, and if you find you're still struggling, you can always ask our instructors questions using the teacher or help tab.

10 Lessons in Chapter 10: NYSTCE Social Studies: European Expansion
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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.

Colonialism Across Europe

2. 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.

Europe Battles to Claim North America

3. Europe Battles to Claim North America

From the Russians and Danes to the French and English, numerous European countries attempted to colonize North America. This lesson takes a look at many of them and explains why the English were ultimately so successful.

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.

Effects of European Colonization: Christopher Columbus and Native Americans

5. 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.

How International Trade Changed in the Age of Exploration

6. 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 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.

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.

European Exploration in India & Southeast Asia

9. 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.

Southeast Asia During the Spice Trade

10. 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.

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