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Motivators for European Exploration A discussion based on “1493”, chapter 2 of Loewen’s Lies John Vanderlyn, Oil on canvas, 12' x 18’, 1846; placed 1847 in the Capitol
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Columbus is the Hero… But Who Were the Previous Explorers? “The textbooks’ first mistake is to underplay previous explorers. People from other continents had reached the Americas many times before 1492” (Loewen 33). What EVIDENCE exists for these possibilities? Afro-Phoenicians – eastern Mexico – 750 BC (page 44) Ireland – Newfoundland, West Indies – 600s (page 47)
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Catalyst for Exploration…A Myth “Columbus’s importance is therefore primarily attributable to changing conditions in Europe, not to his having reached a ‘new’ continent” (Loewen 33). FALSEHOOD: Europeans needed a new trade route to Asia. CLARIFICATION: The Turks had no vested interest in closing the eastern Mediterranean trade route. In fact, they profited from keeping this trade channel open.
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Explaining European Motivation Identify SIX motivators using Loewen pages 35 – 37: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6.
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Who was Columbus? Why did he set out on his expedition? Washington Irving: flat world myth How can we characterize his voyage? What is his lasting mark on history? “Columbus’s importance in history owes
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This note was uploaded on 11/27/2011 for the course HISTORY 103 taught by Professor Livingston during the Fall '08 term at Rutgers.

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