Ch 30: The Age of Discovery & Colonialism - MTEL Political Science/Political Philosophy

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As part of our MTEL Political Science/Political Philosophy preparation course, The Age of Discovery & Colonialism chapter will take you one step closer to succeeding on your MTEL Political Science/Political Philosophy exam. Use our video lessons and self-assessment quizzes to review information about European settlement of the Americas.

MTEL Political Science/Political Philosophy: The Age of Discovery & Colonialism - Chapter Summary

These video lessons will help you refresh your knowledge of key points regarding European exploration and settlement of the New World as you prepare for the MTEL Political Science/Political Philosophy exam. Let our instructors explain the reason for European migration to the Americas, the commercial revolution and many other topics. In this chapter you'll study:

  • European colonialism
  • European settlement in the Americas
  • Explorers from Spain and Portugal
  • Seaborne commerce and piracy
  • Conquistadors and the encomienda system
  • The Commercial Revolution

Developed and taught by experts, our video lessons average about five to 10 minutes in length, and you can watch them anytime on a computer, smartphone or tablet. Short lesson quizzes and a chapter exam let you assess your knowledge. Every lesson includes a timeline with video tags that let you jump to specific topics for additional review to help you to answer these types of questions on the MTEL examination.

MTEL Political Science/Political Philosophy: The Age of Discovery & Colonialism Chapter Objectives

The Massachusetts Tests for Educator Licensure (MTEL) Political Science/Political Philosophy exam is designed to test a future educator's readiness to teach political science or related courses. Material covered in The Age of Discovery & Colonialism chapter is in the exam's subarea IV, History, which accounts for 20% of the exam's score weight and is one of the five testing areas found on the MTEL Political Science/Political Philosophy test.

The test consists of multiple choice questions and open-response assignments and takes roughly 4 hours and 15 minutes to complete. Our quizzes consist of multiple-choice questions, so answering them will help you prepare for exam questions in this format.

6 Lessons in Chapter 30: The Age of Discovery & Colonialism - MTEL Political Science/Political Philosophy
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Colonialism Across Europe

1. 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.

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.

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.

The Commercial Revolution: Economic Impact of Exploration and Colonization on Europe

6. The Commercial Revolution: Economic Impact of Exploration and Colonization on Europe

In this lesson, we'll discuss the Commercial Revolution sparked by Europe's interaction with the New World colonies. We'll learn about how mercantilism, banking and joint-stock companies transformed the economic face of the European continent.

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