Unit 3 World History
A painting of the landing of Columbus in America by John Vanderlyn. (Public Domain photo. Info can be found here)
This chapter covers starts out with the European Age of Exploration and why this was the time period for this explosion of interest in other places. This is not just a simple explanation of what Columbus did, but a long list of explorers (before and after Columbus) and why they had an impact on the later world. With that information in hand we move on to the immediate cultural impact of Columbus, which is known by historians as the Colombian Exchange. The final aspect of this chapter focuses on the less clear consequences of exploration, such as the inhumane treatment of Native Americans and the decision to bring Africans to America for work. We spend a great deal of time covering the truth of slavery and dispelling the many rumors that are found in pop culture but are not up for debate among actual historians. As usual, pop culture is wrong on a ton of aspects of this time period.
- In what way is the Columbian Exchange one of the biggest accomplishments/changes in the history of the world?
- How were the Spanish Conquistadors able to conquer some of the largest and most powerful empires on Earth with so few people?
- Why were Native populations of the Americas so susceptible to diseases from the Old World?
- In what ways was slavery in the Americas harsher than other forms of slavery in history? Was there a better location to go to than others?
This area is in the process of being created. In the meantime, please see the class notes for any information you may need for this chapter. An example of a completed page can be found in chapter 11.