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2 The Age of Exploration (also called the Age of Discovery) began in the 1400s and continued through the 1600s. It was a period of time when the European nations began exploring the world. They discovered new routes to India, much of the Far East, and the Americas. The Age of Exploration took place at the same time as the Renaissance. Using the web address below, read and learn about the explorers and how they had such an impact on history. age_of_exploration_and_discovery.php 1. Exploring was expensive and risky. Why did Europeans want to explore? 2. List three ways expeditions could make money. 3. Where did the Age of Exploration begin? 4. What did Henry the Navigator do and what was the result of his actions.

3 5. In 1488, what did the Portuguese explorer Bartolomeu Dias do? 6. What country did Christopher Columbus sail for and why? 7. Which two countries were the early leaders in the Age of Exploration? 8. Through the Treaty of Tordesillas the Spain and Portugal agreed to divide up the New World. What did each country gain from the treaty? 9. Name the two conquistadores Spain sent to America and who they each conquered.

4 10. Who did Portugal send out to explore? What did they gain from his exploration? 11. Eventually which country would surpass all of the European nations in terms of the size of their world wide empire? 12. Which country founded the thirteen American colonies that later became the United States? 13. Who led the first expedition to circle the globe? 14. What area of the world was still not mapped at the end of the Age of Exploration? Look at the bottom of the web page and find the sentence below. Take a ten question quiz at the Age of Exploration questions page Use the link to take the 10 question quiz. How did you do? Record your best score.

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7 The Age of Exploration (also called the Age of Discovery) began in the 1400s and continued through the 1600s. It was a period of time when the European nations began exploring the world. They discovered new routes to India, much of the Far East, and the Americas. The Age of Exploration took place at the same time as the Renaissance. Using the web address below, read and learn about the explorers and how they had such an impact on history. age_of_exploration_and_discovery.php 1. Exploring was expensive and risky. Why did Europeans want to explore? While other reason could enter into it, money was the main reason. 2. List three ways expeditions could make money. Discovering new trade routes which could bring expensive items to be trades. Finding gold and silver brought riches. Discovering new lands and establishing colonies where new products could be grown brought in more money. 3. Where did the Age of Exploration begin? Portugal 4. What did Henry the Navigator do and what was the result of his actions. Henry sent out ships to map and explore the west coast of Africa. They went further south than any previous European expedition and mapped much of western Africa for the Portuguese.

8 5. In 1488, what did the Portuguese explorer Bartolomeu Dias do? He was the first European to sail around the southern tip of Africa and into the Indian Ocean. 6. What country did Christopher Columbus sail for and why? He could not get the Portuguese to fund his expedition, so he went to the Spanish. Spanish monarchs Isabella and Ferdinand agreed to pay for Columbus' trip. 7. Which two countries were the early leaders in the Age of Exploration? Portugal and Spain 8. Through the Treaty of Tordesillas the Spain and Portugal agreed to divide up the New World. What did each country gain from the treaty? Spain got most of the Americas while Portugal got Brazil, India, and Asia. 9. Name the two conquistadores Spain sent to America and who they each conquered. Hernan Cortes conquered the Aztec Empire in Mexico and Francisco Pizarro conquered the Inca Empire in Peru. They made Spain rich with the gold and silver they found in the Americas.

9 10. Who did Portugal send out to explore? What did they gain from his exploration? Portugal sent out Vasco da Gama who found a trade route around the southern tip of Africa and to India. They also explored much of the Far East and were the first Europeans to establish a trading colony in China at Macau. 11. Eventually which country would surpass all of the European nations in terms of the size of their world wide empire? Great Britain 12. Which country founded the thirteen American colonies that later became the United States? Great Britain 13. Who led the first expedition to circle the globe? Portuguese explorer Ferdinand Magellan. 14. What area of the world was still not mapped at the end of the Age of Exploration? Eastern Australia, the interior of Africa, the Arctic, and the Antarctic. Look at the bottom of the web page and find the sentence below. Take a ten question quiz at the Age of Exploration questions page Use the link to take the 10 question quiz. How did you do? Record your best score.

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