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A.P. US History Name: James Francis Chapter 2 Terms Period: M4 Identify the meaning and significance of the following terms with the use of complex sentences : Term or Fact Definition Significance 1 Christopher Columbus Christopher Columbus was an Italian navigator that was given funding by Spanish royalty to try to find a new trading route to South East Asia. Instead of reaching Asia however, Columbus reached some islands in the Bahamas From Columbus’ journey, more people started to make the journey over to the new world. 2 Amerigo Vespucci An Italian explorer that navigated around the New World in 1503. He was the first one to think that he found a new land instead of Columbus who thought he had found Eastern Asia. A German mapmaker named the new continents after him to honor his achievements. 3 Columbian Exchange The exchange of resources, information, and disease between the Old World and the New World Portugal and Spain dominated the trading scene and transferred a lot from America to Europe. 4 Hernan Cortez A Spanish conquistador that sailed to Mexico and Cuba in 1519 and was responsible for the fall of the Aztec Empire.

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