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Exploration, 1350-1550
Guide: Age of 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.

Time Period Key Understandings

  • New advancements in technology can produce widespread social, cultural, and political change
  • Events can have multiple outcomes and include unintended consequences
  • Powerful nations' ability to control wealth and resources increases their ability to influence other nations
  • Cultural exchanges can occur intentionally and unintentionally
  • A civilization's success and growth is largely dependent on geographical location
  • Culture is the product of shared economic, religious, and political values
  • Regional characteristics can influence people's perspectives

Key Questions

  • Explain how one new technique or innovation in navigation led to an increase in naval expeditions?
  • In what way did Christianity contribute to the European Age of Exploration?
  • What was the Northwest passage and how did it play a role in creating a culture of European exploration?


  1. Overview: Age of Exploration
  2. Visuals: Europe and the Age of Exploration (Visual)
  3. Outlines: Outline
  4. Lesson: Introduction
  5. Lesson: 1-Emerging from the Middle Ages
  6. Lesson: 2-Conversion to Christianity
  7. Lesson: 3-Tools and Techniques of Navigation
  8. Lesson: 4-Monarchies Support Exploration
  9. Lesson: Closing
  10. Glossary Terms: astrolabe
  11. Glossary Terms: caravel
  12. Photos & Illustrations: Ptolemy's map of the world
  13. Reference Articles: Renaissance
  14. Biographies: Polo, Marco
  15. Political, Government & Court Documents: Treaty of Tordesillas (1494)
  16. Maps: European Transatlantic Explorations of the New World
  17. Maps: Language Groups of North American Indians, 1500

MLA Citation

"Age of Exploration." History Hub, ABC-CLIO, 2020, historyhub.abc-clio.com/Support/Display/2152521?cid=256. Accessed 21 Jan. 2020.

Entry ID: 2152521

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