The Age of Exploration Newspaper

15th Century Spain- Writers- Ben, Will, Evan, and Tom

Daily Obituary by Tom

Today we will be announcing the most recent deaths of famous explorers and adventurers who contributed to the age of exploration. Our first person is Christopher Columbus. Columbus was born October 31, 1451 and was most known for his incredible exploration that went from Europe to America. He also tinkered in the art of map making. Columbus died May 20, 1506 in Valladolid, Spain. Our next person is Vasco de Gama. Gama was born in 1460 and was most known for his adventure from Europe to India and around the Cape of Good Hope. Our adventurer left us in December of 1524. Our final death is from Hernan Cortes. Cortes was born in 1485 and was most known for his leading role in the invasion of South America and the introduction of livestock into the new world. He died December 2, 1547. All these men will be in our prayers and in our history books for the centuries to come. To get a death in this section please refer to the address on the door at the post office.

Weather- Today's weather looks rather comfortable with a high of 75 degrees and a low of 45 degrees.

Technology by Tom

The Compass is a new invention that provides sailors and mariners the ability to know what direction they are facing. This happens by the magnetic needle in the Compass and the magnetic poles in the earth that align to show what direction someone is. From there a sailor can see if they are facing north, east, south, or west. The compass was supposedly created by the Chinese Han Dynasty. Another piece of technology that has been created is the Astrolabe. This device is used to determine the postion of the sun and the time of day. The Astrolabe was created around 200 B.C. by the Greek astronomer Hipparchus. Both of these devices are incredibly useful because they allow people such as astronmers and sailors to be able to see things like enemies or stars from miles away. Without these two items it would be very hard to tell time and see people and space.

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Advertisements by Evan

The newest navigation tool is being used by all of the new and famous explorers. The Compass is the tool that by electromagnetic waves directs you in the direction you need to go. The first practical compass seems to have been made in Venice in 1274. It was a device supporting a magnetized needle over a card showing four or eight points of direction. As we move forward through time they will be used more and more. You can get your own compass today for only 15 paper slips. You can get the most modern tool that helps all of the world's greatest explorers.

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Crossword Puzzle by Ben

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The Interview by Evan

Interview with the leader of the Hanis Tribe:

EP: I'm here with the leader of the Hanis Tribe.

Evan Peek: So what is your feelings on the new explorers coming to your land?

Leader: They take my land and my food and expect us to follow all their commands. It is remarkable how they think we are the foreigners.

EP: What would you say to them if you spoke their language?

Leader: I would tell them to stop treating us like slaves we are warriors.

EP: What is the biggest struggle of having the explorers here?

Leader: Taking the food that we need to feed our young tribal children.

EP: Is there any food supply left for the children?

Leader: What's left is only grain how are they supposed to grow if the meat is all being taking by the Spanish explorers.

EP: What has been the worst problem so far with the new inhabitants?

Leader: The worst definitely has to be the fact that they are taking over our land, not just our areas of sleep but mainly the food. They feel they are just entitled to it.

EP: What is your daily experiences like?

Leader: Well we struggle everyday with growing crops especially in portions of time where there is a drought.

EP: What is the most difficult part of not being in a stabilized government and having to lead yourselves on people of this new land?

Leader: I think the fact that we have people who have ranks is sort of like a government.

EP: Would you ever consider forming a government that the explorers abide by?

Leader: No because our people work hard to get what they have and we don't need to establish a government where we will become wealthy and believe we are better then all humanity.

EP: Well thank you very much and hope things get better, see you soon.

Leader: Thank You.

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Line of Demarcation by Will

The line of demarcation was instituted by Pope Alexander the 6th in 1493. This was done because the new world needed dividing between the two major exploring powers. Since the Pope was like us, Spanish, he gave Spain the favorable part of the deal. Portugal was only able to acquire the eastern part of South America in present day Brazil. We then got everything west of the line. Since this was issued by the Catholic Pope Protestant countries such as England and the Netherlands. That is why small colonies from those countries began to pop up all along North America. For the most part there was no real conflict between the Catholic and Protestant colonies but a carrying on of the war between France and England. Spain and Portugal stayed peaceful as well.
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Business by Will

During the age of exploration the slave trade became a global business. Slave ships from European nations would dock at African outposts and embark inland. They would take tribal people from their remote villages and then cram them into slave ships. These ships had unimaginable conditions that were cramped smelly and hot. They would then take the long and dangerous journey to the Americas. The slaves would then be sold to plantation owners and their work would begin. At the plantations they would most likely be harvesting sugarcane because the south and Central American climate was perfect for it. The ships would then return to Africa and repeat the process over and over until that section of the continent effectively had nobody left.

Travel by Ben

The Age of Exploration was dawning. Countries began to sponsor explorers to find and claim land, or to find new trading roots. This was the case for Portugal. Prince Henry led the charge, finding Madeira, the Azores, and then moving down the coast to map Africa. When Prince Henry died, Vasco de Gama picked up where Henry left off and rounded the Cape Of Good Hope, or the southern most tip of Africa. He made his way to india, and then realized the money that could be made using this trade route. Soon Portugal and other European countries began to benefit from this trade route. Soon, Christopher Columbus began his journey to find a direct trade route to India, going west. However, he found the Americas. Ferdinand Magellan commanded the first crew to circumnavigate the world. He died along the way, but one boat actually did circumnavigate the world. Going back to the Portuguese; they wished to dominate the trade routes to Asia, so they set up forts along the African coast. The Dutch, however, established the first permanent settlement in Africa, called Cape Town. They then set up the Dutch East India Company, which managed trade with full sovereign power. Trade with china picked up among the Portuguese, but china didn't thought their goods lacked quality so all china wanted was gold and silver. Missionaries spread to Japan, preaching the Christian faith. At first they were welcomed, but distrust began to spread. Christians were beginning to be persecuted, and then the Japanese killed many of them. This started a 200 year period of isolation for the Japanese.

Today's References

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