Early Explorers

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Quiz: Early Explorers

Students learn about trade with the Far East in the fifteenth Century and how restrictions on that trade helped bring about the Age of Discovery. Join along with Diego as he learns about Christopher Columbus, Vasco da Gama, Amerigo Vespucci, John Cabot, Ferdinand Magellan and other fearless men helping solve the mysteries of the uncharted world.

Student Application

Follow a young boy as he learns about Early Explorers through a letter from his father.

Learning Objectives

  1. Students will be able to describe the discovery of the Americas by Columbus and other European explorers and also the first permanent Spanish, French, and English settlements in North America, with emphasis on the people (explorers and their sponsors), their motivations, the obstacles they encountered, and the successes they achieved.

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Supporting Activities

  1. Before the video:

    1. Hold a short discussion about the meaning of exploration. List the ideas and examples on the board.
    2. After the video:

      1. Pair up students to make a map world map that is marked with the travel routes of the ma...

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