Ch 17: The European Age of Exploration

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These video lessons will provide you with a comprehensive overview of the European Age of Exploration. The lessons each go over a different subtopic relevant to the subject as a whole.

The European Age of Exploration - Chapter Summary

When going through this chapter, you'll learn about the main points of the European Age of Exploration. The chapter is divided into video lessons, in which experienced instructors will cover all relevant information in a comprehensive and easy-to-understand medium. The lessons will go over the historical background of the Age of Exploration, relevant events in Europe at the time, and a few important figures. Some of the major points you'll learn about are:

  • Why Europeans set sail for the Americas
  • Spanish and Portuguese explorers
  • The Italian Wars
  • The biography and works of Michelangelo
  • Conquistadors, the salvaging of the New World and the encomienda system
  • The history, culture and exploits of the Ottoman Empire

The instructors you will see in the video lessons have specific expertise in these areas, so you know that all information you learn here will be accurate and comprehensive. The lessons also include transcripts of the videos so you can double-check the facts as you come across them. There are also practice quizzes that will be helpful as you make sure that you have understood everything. Overall, you'll find yourself with a much better understanding of the Age of Exploration once you're done with this chapter!

6 Lessons in Chapter 17: The European Age of Exploration
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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.

Great Explorers of Spain and Portugal: Aims & Discoveries

2. 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.

The Italian Wars and Weakening of Papal Authority

3. 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.

Michelangelo: Biography and Works

4. 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.

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.

Suleiman and the Ottoman Empire: History, Culture & Exploits

6. 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.

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