This week, we explored the Age of Exploration. European explorers reached out to colonize various world regions to help increase trade and find better routes to Asian markets.
SS6H6 The student will analyze the impact of European exploration and colonization on various
(The intent of this standard is to provide the student with the historical background of the 20thcentury that led to the issues facing Europe today. It is not a complete history of the region.)
I can identify the causes of European exploration and colonization; include religion, natural resources, a market for goods, and the contributions of Prince Henry the Navigator.
Students need to understand that a strong desire for wealth, land, and honor spurred Europeans into a period of exploration across the globe. Students should be able to discuss Prince Henry’s role in navigation via a training school for sailors and advancements in navigation. Draw correlations between Prince Henry sending ships down the west coast of Africa and Portugal’s later involvement in the slave trade. Explain why a desire for natural resources and riches, such as gold and spices, led to European colonization of many places around the globe. Explain how Christianity spread from Europe to other parts of the world through missionaries seeking to convert conquered people. Discuss the importance of trade and trade routes and how controlling markets for goods could be extremely lucrative and competitive.
I can trace the empires of Portugal, Spain, England, and France in Asia, Africa, and the Americas.
Students should use a European Exploration and/or a European Empires map to trace the empires of Portugal, Spain, England, and France in Asia, Africa, and the Americas. Students should shade in the various empires and develop a key to reflect the corresponding country that colonized the region. Extension exercise- have students draw conclusions as to how these explorations led to the movement and migration of European culture, language, religion, government, and European power around the globe. Sample question may include a map with routes taken by one of the four countries above and the shaded areas on the globe that they colonized. Students should be able to identify which country is being represented on the map. I can trace the colonization of Australia
by the United Kingdom. I can explain the impact of European empire building in Africa and Asia on the outbreak of WWI.
I can trace the colonization of Australia by the United Kingdom.
Students should explain the reason that the British colonized Australia and how the large number of prisoners/settlers impacted the Aboriginal people.
I can explain the impact of European empire building in Africa and Asia on the outbreak of WWI.
Students should understand the primary reasons for European colonialism in the late 19th century and how this competition for raw materials, a market for their products, and cheap labor created a tense environment of competition and military build-up. The Industrial Revolution created a great demand for low-cost raw materials and profitable markets to sell their goods. This thirst prompted European powers to expand into Africa, Asia, and the Middle East so that by the late 19th century most of the world had been divided by the Europeans into colonial powers. Between 1875 and 1895, a handful of European states seized over 25 percent of the world’s population. Fierce rivalries developed between European powers over colonial territories, and they built up strong
armies and navies to protect their interests.
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