Chapter 1

The Age of Exploration

During the Renaissance, Europe underwent many changes. Among them was an advancement in technology. With better maps and sturdier vessels, Europe began a quest to find a trade route to Asia. The Italian Christopher Columbus, working for the Spanish crown, sailed west hoping to circumnavigate the globe and arrive in Asia to establish trade.

However, he unexpectedly bumped into two continents Europe later dubbed "The New World." The race for empire began. All of the major powers of Europe carved out territories throughout North and South America. For the next three hundred years, wars, disease, alliances, and slavery would set the stage for the world's next democracy

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Notebook Materials

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Information Worksheets

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