2What are the Americas?? AD 500-AD 1500 Mysterious stories told of an unknown landVikings did visit it, though!People of (today) Norway, Sweden, and DenmarkBuilt settlements in Iceland and GreenlandViking SAGAS told the tales
3Vikings A.D. 1000 Viking Leif Erickson Trips to North America (Canada today)“Vinland” (Newfoundland today)Yikes! Got attacked!No more trips to North America
4European Exploration? No Way! Risk sea monsters? No thanks.Get boiled by the sun? Nope.Stinky, slow ships :-(Few maps!!!Too much time fighting each other(Who wants to explore when you’re busy beating each other up??)
6But Wait….. Flash ahead 500 years! It’s 1492! German Martin Behaim makes the FIRST GLOBE!It was kind of dinky though. ;-)And he, um, left out a few places….NORTH AND SOUTH AMERICA!!!!!!!!!!!!!….and Australia and Antarctica. Plus Africa looked funny…..Oh well! Better than nothing?
7Uhh….Missing Some things, Martin???? The World According to Martin…..Uhh….Missing Some things, Martin????
8What the Europeans DIDN’T KNOW…… (A LOT!)China’s great citiesGreat African empires of Mali, SonghayNative American cultures of North and South America!North and South America EXISTED!Atlantic Ocean= Sea of DARKNESS
9SO who got Europeans Traveling??? Marco PoloAdventurous dudeItalian, family man!!1200s--Great trips across AsiaTold stories of the riches and gold in India, China and JapanTRAVELLED BY FOOT from Europe to Asia! Yikes! What a hike! Got other people itching for riches……Other Europeans wanted to take the land route to the Far East, too!!!
10Can we get some of your spices and riches, please? Europeans loved trading with people of Asia!What did Asia have?Gold, jewels, silk, perfumes, and SPICES!SPICES=cure for icky food before refrigeration existed!
11Some people were tired of that long hike to Asia…. So they stopped in the Middle East!Halfway is better than nothing, right?Cities in North Africa and Southwest AsiaAlexandria, Constantinople, Damascus, and BaghdadExchanged goods
12Who Needs to Sail??? This is great!!! Right?? Uh-oh…..bye bye trade with Asia!Along came the Turks (1453)No more trade allowed!Portugal, Spain, France, and England were now monarchiesRun by kings and queensThe Renaissance age began
13What Other Changes? Faster ships Better sails Nicer compasses Why not try to find a NEW route to Constantinople??????
14Go Portugal!!! Us first! Us first! Wanted to find the first route to AsiaKing John would stop at nothingHad Prince Henry run the show!First European school for training sailorsSECRET lessons!!Prince Henry the NAVIGATOR, pleease
15Good Ole’ Prince Henry THE Navigator But stayed home! (Ironic? ;-) ORGANIZED 50 plus voyagesFollowed Africa’s coastlinePeople started buying slaves to sell in Europe as servants :-(Slave trade started!
16Still searching for that Water Route to Asia….. Bartholomeu Dias1488Sailed around the southern tip of AfricaCape of Good HopeHe wanted to continue, but storms were fierce! Sailors made him return to Portugal
17And Searching Still…… Vasco da Gama Got around the Cape of Good Hope! Got to India!Headed back to PortugalSUCCESS!!!!!! FOUND DA SEA ROUTE TO ASIA!!!!! DA GAMA FOUND DA ROUTE!!!!!!