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EDEE 280 Lecture Notes - Landfall

Elementary Education
Course Code
EDEE 280
Paul Zanazanian

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Class 6: The Age of Exploration: Europe and its “Discovery” of the New World
Grounds for Exploring the Seas
factors jumpstarting explorations
o fall of Constantinople
o quest for gold
o scientific discoveries (technology)
o imperial ambitions
main motives
o resources & accumulation of wealth
o new trade routes
o expanding Christianity
Key Explorers
Vasco da Gama (1469-1524)
o sails to India via the Cape of Good Hope
Christopher Columbus (1451-1506)
o October 12th, 1492, landfall at San Salvador
Ferdinand Magellan (1480-1521)
o his expedition circumnavigates the globe via the southern tip of the Americas
Global Impact
increased cross-cultural interactions
o global networks of transportation, communication & exchange
o worldwide diffusion of plants, animals, diseases & human communities
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