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ContextualizeWhat was the Age of ExplorationDirections: Read the excerpt below. Respond to the questions.TheAge of Explorationwas a period of global history that started inthe 15th centuryand continued into the 18th century. During thistime, Europeans sailed onexplorationvoyagesaround the world,discovering new routes to Asia, and coming into contact with Northand South America which were unknown to people in the EasternHemisphere. The Age of Exploration led to thefirst truly global turning point, theEncounterbetween the “Old World” (Africa, Asia, and Europe) andthe “New World” (North and South America). For several years, Christopher Columbus lobbied the Spanish courtto fund an expeditionthat would find a new route to Asia.Columbus was finally funded and in 1492, explorer he landed in theCaribbean. Believing he’d arrived in India, he called the indigenouspeople he encountered Indians. The indigenous people wereactually called Tainos. His exploration spurred repeated waves ofSpanish exploration and colonization led by conquistadorswhoarrived in the Americas with plans to reap the economic benefits ofexploration by conqueringthe indigenous people in the Americas. exploration: (n) the action of traveling in or through an unfamiliar area in order tolearn about itvoyages: (n) a long journey involving travel by sea or in spaceturning point: (n) a time when an important change happensEncounter: (n) the first contact between Columbus and peoples in the Americasexpedition: (n) a journey or voyage undertaken by a group of people with a particular purposeexplorer: (n) a person who explores an unfamiliar area; an adventurer.indigenous: (adv) describing a person who originates from a particular regionconquistadors: (n) a conqueror, especially one of the Spanish conquerors of Mexico and Peru in the 16th centuryconquer: (v) overcome and take control of (a place or people) by use of military force1. Who was exploring during the Age of Exploration?2. What were they exploring during the Age of Exploration?3. What was the “Encounter”? Why is it considered the “first truly global turning point?”Christopher Columbus. New routes to Asia. Because they didn’t really know that they discover a new continent,because they were looking new routes to Asia.
Predict4. Make a prediction: What led to the Age of Exploration? (Supporting Question 2)5. Make a prediction: How might this exploration impact indigenous people in “New World” and people in the “Old World”?The Age of Exploration led to the first truly global turning point, and they were looking for new routes to Asia, and that was the point of doing the exploration found Asia. Negative Impact: Land could be taken away, war could happen, disease could spread.Positive Impact: They would have new technique, culture and technology could be more spread out as well.

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