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Motives for European Exploration 1.Crusades  by-pass intermediaries to get to Asia. 2.Renaissance  curiosity about other lands and peoples. 3.Reformation.

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2 Motives for European Exploration 1.Crusades  by-pass intermediaries to get to Asia. 2.Renaissance  curiosity about other lands and peoples. 3.Reformation  refugees & missionaries. 4.Monarchs seeking new sources of revenue. 5.Technological advances. 6.Fame and fortune.

3 Political: Become a world power through gaining wealth and land. (GLORY) Economic : Search for new trade routes with direct access to Asian/African luxury goods would enrich individuals and their nations (GOLD) Religious: spread Christianity and weaken Middle Eastern Muslims. (GOD) The 3 motives reinforce each other Direct Causes = 3 G’s





8 European explore EFFECTS Europeans reach and settle Americas Expanded knowledge of world geography Growth of trade, mercantilism and capitalism Indian conflicts over land and impact of disease on Indian populations Introduction of the institution of slavery Columbian Exchange

9 European Colonization Big 4 Once the New World is discovered, the Big 4 four European countries begin competing for control of North America and the world…. – Spain – EnglandThe Three Main – France – Netherlands This power struggle ultimately leads to several wars. European Colonization

10 Spain Claims America By 1500’s most of Caribbean islands explored and start on mainland Line of Demarcation set by Pope Alexander VI giving Spain control of everything west of it to Spain and east of it went to Portugal Spain ends up with all the Americas except Brazil Treaty of Tordesillas gave Spain the right to claim these new lands.

11 The Treaty of Tordesillas, 1434 & The Pope’s Line of Demarcation, 1493

12 Spain 1492 funded by King Ferdinand and Isabella of Spain, Columbus sails west Ends up in the Bahamas on what today is Watling Island Also found islands of Cuba and Hispaniola Most of exploration was in South and Central America by his brother Bartolomew

13 Spain Claims America The Columbian Exchange Native Americans: taught Europeans farming methods Also introduced them to new crops such as corn, tobacco and potatoes. Introduced them to the canoe. Europeans: introduced Native Americans to wheat, oats, barley, and domestic livestock. Also introduced technologies such as metalworking. Unfortunately they also introduced diseases that killed many Natives.

14 * Squash * Avocado * Peppers * Sweet Potatoes * Turkey * Pumpkin * Tobacco * Quinine * Cocoa * Pineapple * Cassava * POTATO * Peanut * Tomato * Vanilla * MAIZE * Syphillis * Olive * Coffee Beans * Banana * Rice * Onion * Turnip * Honeybee * Barley * Grape * Peach * Sugar Cane * Oats * Citrus Fruits * Pear * Wheat * HORSE * Cattle * Sheep * Pig * Smallpox * Flu * Typhus * Measles * Malaria * Diptheria * Whooping Cough Columbian Exchange Columbian Exchange or the transfer of goods involved 3 continents, Americas, Europe and Africa

15 Mexican Conquest Names entire colony New Spain – covers most of what is today Mexico and Central America The men who led the expeditions were called conquistadors Pizarro, who explored Peru, was one of them Coronada, Narvaez, and de Soto were as well God, Gold, Glory

16 French settle Quebec (1608) & Montreal (1642) and what would become Canada – Control St. Lawrence River & access to interior of North America – Develop a fur trade – Coureur de Bois

17 The French in America Verrazano sent to map North American coastline Cartier explored and mapped the St. Lawrence River Champlain established a colony in what is now Nova Scotia and founded Quebec which later became the capital of New France. New France founded for fur trade. Those traders were known as coureurs de bois and lived among the Native Americans

18 Spanish first to pursue colonization Start in Caribbean, then Central and South America—most important was conquest of Aztecs by Cortez (1521) and Incas by Pizzaro (1531) permanent First permanent colonies in what will become United States are founded by Spain – St. Augustine – St. Augustine (Florida) is founded (1565) to protect Spanish treasure fleets

19 Spanish empire by the 1600’s consisted of the  part of North America  Central America  Caribbean Islands  Much of South America.

20 Hernando Cortés First Spanish Conquests: The Aztecs First Spanish Conquests: The Aztecs Cortes conquered Aztec Empire in 1519 and took control of modern day Mexico. Montezuma II vs.vs.

21 Changes in England lead to interest in colonization – Religious changes – Protestant Reformation – Economic changes – tenant farmers pushed off land to make room for raising sheep to support demand for wool – Joint-stock companies founded to establish colonies as new markets for surplus wool

22 F/I War 1750


24 Why do England and Spain want the Americas so much? England was now a protestant country and Spain was Catholic Spain tried to stop the spread of Protestantism to the Netherlands and the Dutch rebelled. England came to the aid of the Dutch against Spain. Queen Elizabeth I allowed privateers to attack Spanish ships. American colonies were needed as bases to attack Spanish in the Caribbean.

25 Early American Colonies New England Mid-Atlantic Southern



28 Pilgrims? vs. Puritans?

29 Plymouth Founded by Separatists who had broken from the Church of England. They were known as pilgrims The pilgrims had originally gone to Holland but came on to America. Settled in Plymouth in 1620. Led by William Bradford. Survived thanks to a native named Squanto who taught them to survive off the land.

30 Massachusetts Bay Colony Founded by those Puritans who had remained in the Church of England and tried to reform it. Left England because of persecution and depression in wool industry Started by John Winthrop and other wealthy Puritans who held stock in the Mass. Bay Co. As conditions in England got worse had a Great Migration – by 1643 had population of 20,000.

31 Laws were made by a General Court made up of ‘freemen” –stockholders in the company Later became a representative assembly All colonists were required to attend church Church was supported by taxes and regulated people’s moral behavior People whose religious beliefs differed from the majority were called heretics and were considered a threat to the community.

32 Rhode Island Started by Roger Williams who had been banished from the Massachusetts colony Founded the town of Providence Anne Hutchinson founded the town of Portsmouth when she was branded a heretic in Massachusetts and banished from the colony. The towns of Newport and Warwick were also started by people who were banished from Massachusetts. The colony’s charter included a total separation of church and state.

33 Connecticut Founded by Thomas Hooker who left Massachusetts because he opposed the policy of allowing only church members to vote. Constitution of the colony was called the Fundamental Orders of Connecticut which was the first written constitution in the colonies.

34 The Mayflower

35 The Mayflower Compact November 11, 1620

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