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In this chapter, you'll learn the answers to questions including:
- Why did the Europeans sailed to the Americas?
- Who were some of the major Spanish explorers?
- What did the Italian Wars teach the historian Machiavelli?
- What impact did the Conquistadors have on the New World?
- Who was Suleiman, and what was unique to the Ottoman Empire?
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.
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.
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.
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.
5. 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.
6. 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.
7. Michelangelo: Biography and Works
This lesson will focus on the life and works of Michelangelo. It will discuss his life in Florence, his dealings with the Medici family, his sculpture 'David,' the Sistine Chapel and many other of his awe-inspiring works.
8. 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.
9. Las Casas, Valladolid Debate & Converting the New World
This lesson will focus on Las Casas, a Spanish priest who fought for the rights of the native inhabitants of the Americas. It will also highlight the New Laws of 1542 as well as the Valladolid debates.
10. Suleiman and the Ottoman Empire: History, Culture & Exploits
This lesson will focus on Suleiman the Magnificent, ruler of the Ottoman Empire. It will highlight his conquests of Eastern Europe and his wars with the Habsburg Dynasty. It will also discuss the cultural advancements of his rule.
11. Thomas More: Facts, Death & Family Tree
In this lesson, we'll learn about the Renaissance humanist Thomas More's background and how he found himself so at odds with Henry VIII that he paid with his life. Following this, you'll be able to test your knowledge with a quiz!
12. Utopia by Thomas More: Summary & Analysis
In this lesson, you'll learn about Thomas More's 'Utopia' and learn why living in a perfect world was desirable in 16th-century Europe. Quiz yourself to see how well you did!
13. Vasco da Gama: Biography, Timeline & Accomplishments
This lesson will be about Vasco da Gama, the first Portuguese person to sail to India. He rounded the coast of South Africa and sailed directly to Calicut, India.
14. Philip II of Spain: Accomplishments & Biography
Philip II of Spain was the ruler of one of the largest empires in the history of the world. A cautious reformer, he was also a devout Catholic during the Protestant Reformation whose religious piety often engaged him in conflicts with his neighbors that hurt his kingdom.
15. History of Irish Slave Trade
The African slave trade is well-researched and documented. However, Africa wasn't Britain's only source of free labor. In this lesson, we'll discuss the Irish slave trade and see how it impacted the transatlantic world during the 17th century.
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