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Chapter 6: An Age of Exploration

Unit 2: The Early Modern World, 1400–1800

Chapter 6:  The Age of Exploration 1500-1800

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Academic Expectations: Historical Perspective (2.20)

Program of Studies:  SS-H-HP-S-1 (Part B)

Thoughtful Ed. Activity:  Vocabulary Notebook.


 Students will:


SS-H-HP-U-WC1: Students will understand that: world civilizations (e.g., African, Asian, European, Latin American, Middle Eastern) can be analyzed by examining significant eras (Renaissance, Reformation, Age of Exploration, Age of Revolution, Nationalism and Imperialism, Technological Age, 21st Century) to develop chronological understanding and recognize cause-effect relationships and multiple causation.


SS-H-HP-S-1B:  Students will examine multiple cause and effect relationships that have shaped history (showing how a series of events are connected).



Learning Targets (I Can’s)


  • Explain the three main motives for exploration.  VOCABULARY NOTEBOOK
  • Define conquistador.
  • Describe mercantilism and balance of trade. MAPPING
  • Explain the Treaty of Tordesillas.


  • Describe the Triangular Trade.  K-W-L
  • Explain the impact of the Slave Trade.


  • Define mainland states.  A JOB WELL DONE
  • Describe a bureaucracy.