World History A

Intro

During the Age of Exploration that began in the late fifteenth century, European explorers made voyages in search of wealth, new lands, and converts for Christianity. They found all of these things and more, including civilizations undreamed of by Europeans. They also established the first global trading empires. One of these European explorers was Amerigo Vespucci, an Italian navigator who made several voyages to the Western Hemisphere.


Looking Ahead to AP Euro...

What will they want you to know next year?

  1. Explain the technological factors that facilitated European exploration and expansion from 1450 to 1648.
  2. Explain the motivations for and effects of European exploration and expansion from 1450 to 1648.
  3. Explain how and why trading networks and colonial expansion affected relations between and among European states.
  4. Explain the economic impact of European colonial expansion and development of trade networks.
  5. Explain the social and cultural impact of European colonial expansion and development of trade networks.
  6. Explain the causes for and the development of the slave trade.
  7. Explain European commercial and agricultural developments and their economic effects from 1450 to 1648.
  8. Explain the causes and consequences of the Age of Discovery

Readings

Lesson 1: European Exploration and Expansion

Motives and Means
A Race for Riches
 Portuguese Explorers
 Spanish Explorers
 New Lands to Explore
The Spanish Empire
 Conquest of the Aztec
 Conquest of the Inca
European Rivals

Lesson 2: The First Global Economic Systems

The Commercial Revolution
The Columbian Exchange
European Rivals in the East
The Atlantic Slave Trade
 Sources of Enslaved Africans
 Effects of the Atlantic Slave Trade

Lesson 3: Colonial Latin America

Colonial Empires in Latin America
 Social Classes
 Economic Foundations
State and Church

Resources


Chapter Reading Guide
Chapter Review Sheet
Chapter Place and Time
Chapter Skillbuilder