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The Renaissance & The Age of Exploration - Chapter Summary
In this chapter, we've put together a series of helpful and mobile-friendly video lessons on the Renaissance and the Age of Exploration. Study topics including the Italian Renaissance and the great explorers of Spain and Portugal. Once you complete this chapter, you should be ready to achieve the following objectives:
- Provide an overview of the major events of the Renaissance
- Outline Italy's transformation during the Italian Renaissance
- Detail the rise of banking
- Understand the basics of the Northern Renaissance
- Explain why Europeans sailed to the Americas
- Identify the aims and discoveries of the great explorers of Portugal and Spain
- Define seaborne commerce, piracy and the process of mapping the world
We've made this chapter completely self-paced so you can study as few or as many of the lessons as you need in order to achieve your goals. Each lesson is accompanied by a self-assessment quiz to test your knowledge as you go. Help from one of our experts is available via the Dashboard if you need it.
1. The Renaissance Timeline: Events Overview
In this lesson, we will build an outline of the historical events which flow together to form the time periods of the Renaissance, Reformation, Age of Discovery, and the Elizabethan era.
2. The Italian Renaissance and Italy's Transformation
This lesson will discuss the three main reasons why Italy transformed from a group of competing city-states to the home of the birth of the Renaissance.
3. The Renaissance Economy: The Rise of Banking
In this lesson, we will discuss the rise of banking and the Renaissance economy. We will highlight the Medici family and the rise of the middle class.
4. The Northern Renaissance
This lesson will focus on the Northern Renaissance. It will contrast the Renaissance of the North with the Italian Renaissance, exploring these differences in the areas of art, politics, and religion.
5. 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.
6. 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.
7. 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.
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