Age of Exploration Newspaper
By: Nora Markey, Lilian Perry, and Orla McKillop
Way Back When Technology
Today in a world full of exploring, we need to discover new technology to enrich our knowledge about the world. Navigators have been sailing around the globe looking for new lands. The portolan map has lines that radiate out from compass points, showing navigator to find their new lands. To use the map you need a good compass. There was a compass before the magnetic compass, made by the Chinese, that were not as good. The magnetic compass has an iron needle, that lines up with the poles. This great new compass allows navigators to find bearings and chart courses. To discover new land, the navigators need new and faster ships. The caravel ship moved easily along the coats and travel longer distances. Also, to discover the world you need a accurate world map. This allowed the navigators to travel long distances and explore new areas of land. Using old technology would sound crazy, but the navigators found a use for the ancient tool, astrolabes. With all this new technology, we will be able to discover numerous things.
(1450-1499)Made the first English voyage to North America. John Cabot was born in Genoa, Italy And was the son of a spicemaker. At the young age of 11, John Cabot and his family moved to Venice where Cabot started to learn the family business. By doing so, he learned all about the selling and trading of spices. He then forged the goal of sailing the spice trade routes himself and selling the spices on his way back. He learned about cartography, navigation, seamanship, astronomy, and mathematics in his early life. On John Cabot's first voyage, he sailed a small ship named Matthew. On his second voyage John Cabot led a small fleet with 500 men.
(1451-1506) Explorer, navigator, and colonizer born in Genoa. Columbus discovered the "New World" in 1492. He origionally set off on his voyage looking for India, instead, he underestimated the size of the Earth and ended up in a place that we call "America" today.
(1254-1324) Explorer and merchant from Venice. Polo traveled with his family many times from Europe to Asia. Wrote II Millione which translates in English to, The travels of Marco Polo.
The Business at the Time
Business now a days are thriving. The plantation owners are drowning in the money they are making. They are making money by slavery. The owners are counting on Africans to become there laborers, working to for no money. Since the owners don't have to pay the slaves, they can take the money the would have used to pay the workers and keep it. The triangular trade route between Europe, Africa and the Americas is a great system. The European goods are brought to Africa and traded for slaves. Then from there, they travel through the Middle Passage, which is the trade route between the Americas and Africa. Once they reach America, the slaves are traded for sugar and molasses. Those goods are eventually brought to Europe. Not only do plantation owners benefit from slavery but so do the merchants. The merchants are becoming wealthy through the triangular route. Also, the triangular trade route profits the new settlements in North America and other countries in Europe. However, not everything good comes from slavery. Many captives die on the trip through the trade route and many African settlements are being torn apart. Africans are being taken from their families and friends. It is a horrible time for Africa, but we are just prospering.
Interview with Those Affected
Aztec tribe member: Hello thank you for having me!
Interviewer: So, tell us what your tribe thought about your experience with colonization
Aztec tribe member: Our experience with colonization was not a pleasant one
Interviewer: please expand on this
Aztec tribe member: Well, our tribe almost got wiped out due to diseases such as smallpox
Interviewer: Oh no! How did that happen?
Aztec tribe member: We had no immunities whatsoever due to our lack of exposure
Interviewer: Anything else effect you and your tribe?
Aztec tribe member: Also many of us were enslaved, and those who were not enslaved were forced out of their homes and sent to lands that the colonizers owned.
Interviewer: What would happen if you refused?
Aztec Tribe member: If we refused, they would wage war on us.
Interviewer(to viewer): Thank you for watching this exclusive interview tune in next week where we talk to Christopher Columbus' two sons!
Aztec tribe member: Thank you for having me!