Topic TimeMaps: European Exploration and Discovery

From the early 15th century European ships began feeling their way down the coast of Africa. Within a hundred years they had sailed in every ocean of the world. This unit depicts the fascination story as European explorers pushed into the world.

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From the early 15th century European ships began feeling their way down the coast of Africa. Within a hundred years they had sailed in every ocean of the world. This unit depicts the fascination story as European explorers pushed into the world.

The aims of the TimeMap are:

  • to promote knowledge of the topic by providing a clear visual overview of where the events happened and in what sequence;
  • To engage users and ensure that knowledge is cemented through comprehension excerises, and
  • providing exercises to promote higher order historical thinking skills by using questions and activities -based at different levels of ability- as well as coming with a Worksheet and Teachers Notes for advanced use of the product.

This product can be used with Interactive Whiteboards with a whole class or let students use it in their own time through a school network.

The European Exploration and Discovery TimeMap will develop a students:

Knowledge:

  • A “Big Picture” overview of the topic
  • A more in-depth look at specific events and episodes – or in this case, voyages
  • Key features of the period, including the ships used, the nature of the voyages and the motives of the explorers
  • A focus on various strands
  • The impact of geography upon history, and in particular the various challenges that winds, currents and other geographical features posed
  • The presence of global connections, apparent particularly in the technological package which made the voyages possible

 

The strands of history encountered in this TimeMap are:

  1. Social & Economic trends: the economic motives for the voyages of exploration, and the economic impact the discoveries had on Europe and the world
  2. Government: the way governments and diplomacy played a key role in the Age of Exploration
  3. Thought and Religion: the European view of the world, most notably expressed in the Treaty of Tordesillas.
 
Skills:
  • The TimeMap will give students a clear grasp of the Chronology of the Age of Exploration, up to the first circumnavigation of the globe
  • The Causation – causes and consequences – of the Age of Exploration
  • Opportunities are provided for students to offer their views of the significance of different explorers, and so introduce them to the issue of Interpretation in history.

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Other titles available in the Topic TimeMap Series:

The Rise of the Roman Empire, The Fall of the Roman Empire, The Rise of Islam, The Black Death, European Exploration and Discovery, The Atlantic Slave Trade, Ancient China 

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