Study Questions – Week 12 1. Discuss the significance of the year 1492 in World History. 2. Why was it European sailors who “discovered” America? Why did Aztec sailors not “discover” Europe? 3. Identify the technological factors that made the voyages of “discovery” possible. Discuss the relative importance of these and non-technological factors in the European expansion. 4. What does the slogan “God, Gold, Glory” signify? 5. What does the Columbian Exchange mean? 6. How was Europe’s self image and image of the world affected by the “discovery” of America? 7. What were the various debates taking place during the Early Modern period concerning slaves and slave trade? Who were the parties involved in these debates? 8. What was the image of Aztecs in the view of Europeans at the beginning of the Spanish colonization of the Americas? Did it change during the
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