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Ch 33: Praxis Middle School Social Studies: Age of Exploration

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Watch engaging video lessons that examine the Age of Exploration in order to simplify the process of studying for the Praxis Middle School Social Studies assessment. This chapter can reacquaint you with the European exploration, Silk Road and more.

Praxis Middle School Social Studies: Age of Exploration - Chapter Summary

This comprehensive overview of the Age of Exploration ensures you have the knowledge needed to answer questions on the Praxis Middle School Social Studies assessment. After exploring the lessons in this chapter, you will be prepared for the following on exam day:

  • Describing changes to international trade during the Age of Exploration
  • Sharing details about the history of gunpowder and explorers of Spain and Portugal
  • Discussing seaborne commerce, piracy, the encomienda system and conquistadors
  • Providing information about European exploration in India, East Asia and Southeast Asia
  • Detailing European imperialism and Southeast Asia during the spice trade
  • Analyzing the exploration of the New World by the French and discussing trade networks that existed during the Middle Ages
  • Defining the Silk Road, and explaining the reopening of the Silk Road in the Renaissance era

Instructors have created video lessons that present the Age of Exploration in a high-quality visual format. You can also access lesson transcripts with helpful vocabulary words if you'd prefer to review a written version of the materials. Self-assessment quizzes can help you reinforce concepts learned in the lessons. Any questions about chapter topics can be submitted to our experts.

13 Lessons in Chapter 33: Praxis Middle School Social Studies: Age of Exploration
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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.

History of Gunpowder and its Effects on the New World

2. 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

3. 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

4. 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

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.

European Exploration in India & Southeast Asia

6. 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

7. 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

8. 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

9. 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.

French Exploration of the New World: History & Overview

10. 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.

Trade Networks in the Middle Ages: Empires & Routes

11. Trade Networks in the Middle Ages: Empires & Routes

In this lesson, we explore several of the more important trade networks during the Middle Ages, from the Silk Road across Central Asia to the gold trade across the Sahara.

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

12. 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.

Reopening the Ancient Silk Road During the Renaissance

13. Reopening the Ancient Silk Road During the Renaissance

In this lesson, you will go on a historic road trip along the famous Silk Roads that connected Europe and Asia. As we go along, we'll cover the Mongol Empire, the mixing of cultures through trade, and the Renaissance.

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