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

Video Lessons

Click on  links below to watch the informational lectures that we use in class beofre we dive into deeper understanding of the content. The notes are also there to help guide questions about the information.


The videos are to help you understand the content BEFORE diving deeper in our Google class. You can also access them in the classroom as well as on here.

Guided Notes

These are Cornell Notes that will guide you to a deeper understanding as well as a section for questions and a summary that will be asked in class.