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For God, Glory, Gold!

2 In the 15th and 16th centuries, it is important to remember that many countries were involved in exploring the "New World." The players in this drama of discovery were the English, French, Italian, Chinese, as well as the Portuguese and Spanish. Rivalries between these powers sustained and advanced exploration as each sought to outstrip the other in terms of raw goods and riches provided by their overseas empires. Every single European institution, from the Church to the average citizen, felt the effects of the voyages of exploration.

3 So why did Europeans explore the world during the Age of Exploration
So why did Europeans explore the world during the Age of Exploration? Many different European countries paid for explorations for many different reasons. Some of the reasons that they explored were: To find a sea route to the spices of Asia To find gold, silver, and precious stones To expand their knowledge of the world To control a larger empire To expand Christianity To find animal furs

4 Spices Spices were used as a preservative but also to add to the flavor of food. Gold, Silver, and Precious Stones European rulers fought many wars. They fought against each other and against the Turkish Empire. These wars were very expensive, so they needed to find lots of gold, silver, and precious stones to pay for them. They believed that Asia was loaded with gold, silver, and precious stones, so they decided to find it and bring it back.

5 Expand Knowledge In the late 1400s, not much was known about the world. Most Europeans had never been outside of Europe. The European map of the world included only Europe, Asia, and the top of Africa. They thought there was only one ocean. Although many people thought the world was flat, educated Europeans knew that it was round. The problem was they had no idea how large the world was.

6 Cartography – making of maps


8 Larger Empires Some European rulers, especially the King of Spain and the King of Portugal, wanted to claim as much land as they could. They wanted to take all of the natural resources from this land and use the people that lived there as slaves to do their work.

9 European rulers were (or appeared to be) very religious.
Expand Christianity In the late 1400s, there was only one religion in Europe, Christianity. European rulers were (or appeared to be) very religious. They wanted to convert everyone to Christianity, Catholicism in particular even though there were now different Protestant religions, Catholicism was still the largest religion

10 Animal Furs Eventually, the French found that animal furs, especially beaver hats, were very valuable in Europe. Imagine everyone walking around in a beaver hat!

11 Prince Henry the Navigator Portugal Created a school for navigation Never actually went on a voyage of exploration Sponsored expeditions that went down the Western Coast of Africa

12 Caravels It could accommodate a crew of 20 sailors
The caravel (also spelled carvel) is a light sailing ship that that was developed by the Portuguese in the late 1400's, and was used for the next 300 years. The caravel was an improvement on older ships because it could sail very fast and also sail well into the wind It could accommodate a crew of 20 sailors Two of Christopher Columbus' three ships were caravels (the Niña and the Pinta)

13 Caravel Ships

14 Two types of ships were developed:
small ships for exploration: caravels a shallow draft to chart unknown waters ability to sail to windward (lateen sails) small crew cargo space for voyages of up to a year larger ships for war and commerce: carracks high platforms at front and back from which to fire at opponents armed with cannons square sails for more sail area large payload

15 View of a caravel with lanteen sails (triangular sails that caught the wind and increased the speed)

16 Typical Carrack

17 New Maritime Technologies
Better Maps Astrolabe (1532) Mariner’s Compass Sextant 17

18 Treaty of Tordesillas The Treaty of Tordesillas was agreed upon by the Spanish and the Portuguese to clear up confusion over newly claimed land in the New World. After Columbus discovered the New World in 1492, it was clear that conflict would soon arise over land claims by Spain and Portugal. The treaty provided an imaginary line drawn by the Pope to split the world north & south (Line of Demarcation) All lands to the east went to Portugal; all lands to the west went to Spain Who got the biggest portion? Spain!

19 Treaty of Tordeseillas

20 AMERIGO VESPUCCI Amerigo Vespucci isremembered as the man America was named after Born in Florence, Italy in 1454 On his second voyage to the New World in 1501, he wrote two letters to a friend in Europe. He described his travels and was the first to identify the New World of North and South America as separate from Asia. Vespucci's third voyage to the New World was his last for he contracted malaria and died in Spain in 1512 at the age of 58.


22 Ferdinand Magellan ( ) was a Portuguese explorer who led the first expedition that sailed around the world ( ). Magellan also named the Pacific Ocean (the name means that it is a calm, peaceful ocean). Magellan proposed to King Charles V of Spain that a westward voyage around the tip of South America would take them to the Moluccas (spice-rich islands) and avoid the Portuguese (with whom they were competing fiercely). The round the world voyage lasted for 3 yrs.(began September 8, 1519, and lasted until September 6, 1522) Magellan was killed towards the end of the voyage, on an island in the Philippines, during a battle with the natives. His navigator Juan Sebastián de Elcano (del Cano) completed the trip.


24 Vasco da Gama ( ) was a Portuguese explorer who discovered an ocean route from Portugal to the East. Vasco da Gama sailed from Lisbon, Portugal, on July 8, 1497, heading to the East. At the time, many people thought that da Gama's trip would be impossible because it was assumed that the Indian Ocean was not connected to any other seas. Da Gama rounded Africa's Cape of Good Hope on November 22, 1497, and continued on to India. After many stops in Africa, and problems with Muslim traders who did not want interference in their profitable trade routes, da Gama reached Calicut, India on May 20, 1498.



27 The Columbian Exchange
The Columbian Exchange was the widespread exchange of animals, foods, people (including slaves), communicable diseases, and ideas between the Eastern and Western hemispheres. ANIMALS: Old World to New World Horses Cows Pigs Chickens Bees Sheep Cats Goats

28 NEW WORLD TO OLD WORLD: Turkey Llama Guinea Pig Alpaca FOOD: Old World To New World Banana Onion Coffee Rice Cabbage Tea Cantaloupe Watermelon Lettuce Citrus

29 Food: New World To Old World
Cocoa (chocolate) Blueberry Beans Bell Pepper Pineapple Potato Tomato Squash Sweet potato

30 Diseases: Old World to New World
Bubonic Plague Smallpox Chicken pox Measles Yellow Fever Leprosy Influenza Syphillis Hepatitis

31 Columbus’ Four Voyages

32 The “Columbian Exchange”
Squash Avocado Peppers Sweet Potatoes Turkey Pumpkin Tobacco Quinine Cocoa Pineapple Cassava POTATO Peanut TOMATO Vanilla MAIZE Syphilis Trinkets Liquor GUNS Olive COFFEE BEAN Banana Rice Onion Turnip Honeybee Barley Grape Peach SUGAR CANE Oats Citrus Fruits Pear Wheat HORSE Cattle Sheep Pigs Smallpox Flu Typhus Measles Malaria Diptheria Whooping Cough 32

33 The destruction of Indian America
The arrival of Europeans in the Americas marked the beginning of the end of the way of life many Indians had known for centuries. Waves of European explorers, fur traders, missionaries, and settlers swept across the New World. Many settlers thought they were superior to the Indians and tried to force Indians to adopt their ways. Missionaries tried to persuade Indians to abandon their traditional religions and convert to Christianity. 33

34 A Difference in Philosophy
Land became a major issue between the Europeans and the Indians. The settlers wanted the land for farming, for grazing cattle, and for mining. Europeans believed in the individual ownership of land. Native Americans, on the other hand, generally considered themselves caretakers of the land. 34

35 A Difference in Philosophy
NA believed that they did not own the land individually and therefore had no right to sell it or give it away. Consequently, when Indians "sold" land, they might believe they were only agreeing to let the whites use it. The Indians expected to keep hunting or farming there. 35

36 A Difference in Philosophy
When the settlers tried to keep the Indians off what the settlers now considered their property, fighting broke out. Through the years, more and more Indians were forced off their land as more and more newcomers arrived. This would continue until the 20th century. 36


38 Chinese Exploration Emperor Yong Le tried to boost his damaged prestige as a usurper by a display of China's might abroad, sending spectacular fleets on great voyages and by bringing foreign ambassadors to his court. The Emperor put foreign trade under a strict Imperial monopoly by taking control from overseas Chinese merchants. Command of the fleet was given to his favorite Zheng He, an impressive figure said to be over eight feet tall.

39 Zheng He In 1405, Zheng was chosen to lead the biggest Chinese naval expedition in history up to that time. Over the next 28 years ( ), he commanded seven fleets that visited 37 countries, through Southeast Asia, Africa, and Arabia. In those years, China had by far the biggest ships of the time.

40 A great fleet of big ships, with nine masts and manned by 500 men, each set sail in July 1405, half a century before Columbus's voyage to America. There were great treasure ships over 300-feet long and 150-feet wide, the biggest being 440-feet long and 186-across, capable of carrying 1,000 passengers.

41 Zheng He - Chinese Explorations compared to Columbus’ Santa Maria


43 Zheng He's first fleet included 27,870 men on 317 ships, including sailors, clerks, interpreters, soldiers, artisans, medical men and meteorologists. On board were large quantities of cargo including silk goods, porcelain, gold and silverware, copper utensils, iron implements and cotton goods. The fleet sailed along China's coast close to Vietnam and, after crossing the South China Sea, visited Java, Sumatra and reached Sri Lanka by passing through the Strait of Malacca. On the way back it sailed along the west coast of India and returned home in Envoys from Calicut in India and several countries in Asia and the Middle East also boarded the ships to pay visits to China. Zheng He's second and third voyages taken shortly after, followed roughly the same route.


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