Ch 2: The American Journey Chapter 2: Exploring the Americas

About This Chapter

The Exploring the Americas chapter of this Glencoe The American Journey Companion Course helps students learn the essential lessons associated with exploring the Americas. Each of these simple and fun video lessons is about five minutes long and is sequenced to align with the Exploring the Americas textbook chapter.

How It Works:

  • Identify the lessons in the Glencoe Exploring the Americas chapter with which you need help.
  • Find the corresponding video lessons with this companion course chapter.
  • Watch fun videos that cover the early American exploration topics you need to learn or review.
  • Complete the quizzes to test your understanding.
  • If you need additional help, rewatch the videos until you've mastered the material or submit a question for one of our instructors.

Chapter Topics

You'll learn all of the history topics covered in the textbook chapter, including:

  • Reasons Europeans sailed to the Americas
  • Seaborne commerce, map making and piracy
  • Explorers and discoveries from Spain & Portugal
  • Conquistadors of the New World and Spain's encomienda system
  • Exploration in North American and failed colonies
  • North American settlements, including New France, New Netherlands & New Sweden

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6 Lessons in Chapter 2: The American Journey Chapter 2: Exploring the Americas
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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.

Mapping the World, Seaborne Commerce & Piracy

2. 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.

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.

Conquistadors and Encomienda System: Definition & Savaging of the New World

4. 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.

North American Exploration & Failed Colonies of France & England

5. North American Exploration & Failed Colonies of France & England

Between 1497 and 1607, the rulers and leading citizens of European nations fought to establish their own empires in North America, as Spain had been doing for 100 years in South America. Learn about influential explorers and their failed attempts to establish their own New World colonies.

New France, New Netherlands & New Sweden: North American Settlements

6. New France, New Netherlands & New Sweden: North American Settlements

Spain and England weren't the only European nations trying to establish colonies in the New World. The French had a foothold for more than a century, and the Dutch and Swedish fought for their own places in America.

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