Age of Exploration

Sadie O'Neill Kailee Peixoto Mary Rishmany Carrie Loughlin.

Let's Take A Journey

Recently, an Italian named Christopher Columbus discovered a new world on his western trip, looking for Asia. Though we though this was a new world, it was already occupied by Native Americans. In some cases, the Natives and settlers became friends, and tried to help each other out. But in most cases, the Natives were pushed off their land and forced to move.

When coming over, the English brought over many new things. Honey combs with bees were one thing the English brought over. But because there was already bees in the new world the different pollen produced new and different types of plants. Also , after the Pleistocne , the was a scarce amount of horse. So, Christopher brought over horses. These were the first horses since then.

Line of Democration

There has recently been some discussion about the Line of Demarcation. This line would divide all of the land between Portugal and Spain. If there is a Line fo Demarcation, the terms of agreement will be outlined in the Treaty of Tordesillas. Pope Alexander VI would administer the treaty. It gives Spain all trading and exploring rights to the land west of the line, and Portugal the rights to the land east of the line. What does this mean for countries? For example in England, the Pope doesn't have athority. If this treaty is signed, England most likely will not obey becuase it's not "official" for them. This could cause wars between many countries around the world. What about the people who all ready live in these "new worlds", will there be wars between these people? The Line of Demarcation could have many benifits to Spain and Portugal, but there are also many negative effects that could potentially be a big problem for us.



The business in the world right now is booming. The spice trade has been bringing loads of income to our country due to the high prices and many uses of spices. Today, spices are used to flavor and preserve food and help in the making of medicine, perfumes, and incense. The cost of these items are high, coming via overland routes controlled by Muslims. The Europeans are figuring out a direct route to such places as the Moluccas, and more money could be made. The Dutch East India Company is booming as well, yet there has been a sharp rise in the cost of pepper. The Portuguese system is unable to increase the supply of this growing demand, making pepper much more costly.


New advances in technology! More accuracy in mapmaking has helped navigators discover new lands and measure distances. Also, thanks to the skilled mapmaking by our cartographers, more accurate maps are helping discover more things.The Greek astronomer, Ptolemy, started mapping the world today, estimating the Earth's size. He divided it into a grid system of latitude and longitude. According to Ptolemy, he has proven that the earth is round, estimating it by it's size.

Now to shipbuilding - there has been reports of new sail designs with stronger hulls and sleeker lines for a quicker voyage. These new sails take up all the wind they can get and allow these seamen to sail into the wind. Earlier, the rough Atlantic winds would destroy these ships, sails, and hulls easily. By using new materials, shipbuilders have made them to withstand this damage. With their new sleek design, these ships will sail their way to other locations in the Atlantic, spreading more information of the new technology of today.

Interview Columbus


Q; HI Christopher. Im just going to ask a few question for this interview today! So, what did you do in Italy before you came over?

A: I worked in Italy as an Italian explorer, navigator, and colonizer.

Q: Where did you grow up?

A: I was born on October 3rd, 1450 in the Republic of Genoa. I have three brothers. Giovanni, Giacomo, and Bartholomew. I also have one sister, Bianchinetta. My father is Domenico and my mother is Susanna.

Q: How did you discover the new world?

A: Well, I was actually trying to fine a route to Asia!

Q: How did you plan your trips?

A: Well, in 1485 presented my plans to John II, but I was rejected. I re-presented my plans again in 1488. I was finally excepted in 1489. I had four voyages. The first on August 3, 1492. My second was September 24, 1493. The third one was May 30, 1498. And my last voyage was April 2, 1502. We got stranded in Jamaica after a storm, but we eventually made it all the way with help from some spaniards.