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European Exploration

These resources highlight the science and technological advancements that led to European exploration. Use these resources to support students' understanding of the events, ideas, and scientific discoveries leading to the Age of Exploration. Use the Export to My Lists button above to turn this into a research list for your students.

  • What were early European explorers hoping to accomplish when exploring new sea routes and territories?
  • Evaluate the success of early English and French exploration efforts. What were they hoping to find and how successful were they in obtaining new land or resources?
  • European monarchies were in a competition to find new territory and resources for the purpose of expanding their wealth. Do you think these monarchies were entitled to the resources they discovered in the new lands?


  1. Overview: European Exploration
  2. Outlines: Outline
  3. Lesson: Introduction
  4. Lesson: England
  5. Lesson: France
  6. Lesson: Spain
  7. Lesson: Closing
  8. Glossary Terms: Northwest Passage
  9. Photos & Illustrations: Cabot, John: landing in North America
  10. Photos & Illustrations: Map of Magellan's route
  11. Reference Articles: Doctrine of Discovery
  12. Biographies: Cabot, Sebastian
  13. Biographies: Drake, Francis
  14. Biographies: Pizarro, Francisco
  15. Biographies: Cartier, Jacques
  16. Biographies: Cabot, John
  17. Political, Government & Court Documents: Dutch West India Company Charter (1621)
  18. Political, Government & Court Documents: First Charter of the Virginia Company of London (1606)
  19. Maps: European Transatlantic Explorations of the New World

MLA Citation

"European Exploration." History Hub, ABC-CLIO, 2020, historyhub.abc-clio.com/Support/Display/2152644?cid=256. Accessed 20 Jan. 2020.

Entry ID: 2152644

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