Age of Exploration
By: Maura, Carly, Matt and Brian
Age of Exploration
Interview with A Native of the Philippines
Reporter: Thank you for spending your time with me for this interview. Firstly, where are you from?
Native: I am from Manila which is a trading port in the Philippines.
Reporter: How old were you when the Spanish came?
Native: I was really young and don't really remember much. It took them 50 years to fully conquer us, rename our islands, and colonize the land. By the time that was finished, I was already a grandfather. I grew up with the Spanish always there, so it wasn't abnormal.
Reporter: Interesting, now of the little you memory you have, what do you remember?
Native: Well, I do remember that they brought Catholic priests and they tried to convert us to Catholicism. As a young kid, the religion didn't make much sense to me, but now I understand it and am a practicing Catholic. The Spanish tended to bring their Catholic religion with them.
Reporter: Why do you think the Spanish brought Catholicism?
Native: I think that they felt the need to carry on their beliefs to others. Also, I think they were trying to continue the Catholic Reformation.
Reporter: When did you begin to feel the effects of the change of power?
Native: I don't remember much of a difference. I was only a young child and there wasn't much battling compared to the other times the Spanish conquered civilizations.
Reporter: Why did the Spanish have an easier time conquering your native lands versus other civilizations?
Native: Well different from most others, our islands were not united together. This is why it only took 50 years for the islands to be conquered.
Reporter: Thank you so much for the interview! It was very interesting and educational!
During the 1400's, Europeans were starting to trade in India, their journey required a faster more maneuverable ship so they developed the Caravel. This ship was smaller than the ones they normally used, it had multiple masts instead of one, and a gently sloping bow. These ships were perfect for carrying trading goods. Another ship that was developed from the Caravel was the Galleon this ship was able to adapt to be either a trading ship or a war ship. Another item that changed the way people navigated the ocean was the magnetic compass, this helped explores know where they were headed. The Ka-Mal was a devise for finding latitude, this and the compass made navigating the seas so much easier for the people of this time. These inventions helped in the discovery of new passages to India and other parts of the Asian continent during the Age of Exploration.
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3. led the way in sponsoring for Portugal
5. divided the non-European world
8. a hub of international trade
9. 1st permanent European settlement
13. won control of Kumasi
16. an Italian navigator from Genoa
17. Japanese harbor
18. distant military station
23. Indian troops
24. succeeded Vasco da Gama
25. near Macao
27. a Muslim empire
28. ruled Manchuria
29. in Southwestern Malaysia
30. to sail around the world
31. West Indian state
34. brilliant Jesuit priest
36. kingdom in present day Ghana
37. Kangxi's grandson
1. set by the Treaty of Tordesillas
4. sailed around the world
6. an early voice against slave trade
7. someone sent do to religious work
10. on a small coastal island in Kenya
11. refused to kowtow
12. formed by wealthy Dutch merchants
14. exclusive business/industry control
15. Dutch farmers
19. led 4 ships around Cape of Good Hope
20. empire in present day Nigeria
21. dynasty set up by the Manchus
22. a lot of slaves worked here
26. where the Ming eventually aloud trading
33. Spain took over
35. islands in eastern Indonesia that were the center of trade
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Starting in the 1500s, a booming interest in the African slave trade began. In ancient times, slaves were those captured from war or defeated enemies. Slave trade was viewed as the greatest exchange between Europeans and Africans. Arabs quickly began trading in East Africa and jumped on the idea of enslaved people. The Portuguese and other Europeans worked to get involved with trading in Africa also.
Some slaves, although owned, rose to a high class or were looked at as a trophy to show an upperclass men's wealth. Others however, worked in plantations and were treated poorly. As time went on, African rulers or traders took their own people as captives and brought them to the outer parts of Africa to be sold. The Europeans traded goods such as rum, textiles, metalwork, tobacco and weapons along with gunpowder. The odds of a slave being let free were very slim, but becoming a slave was not hereditary. This allowed for a slaves children to remain free.
Territories and Travel in Eastern Asia
At the ripe old age of 66, Prince Henry of Portugal has died in 1460. He had a great impact on the exploration of Africa, sending many missionaries to convert the natives to Christianity. His huge project, with the aid of many cartographers and scientists, helped the Africans to convert. He will be sorely missed.
In a shocking turn of events, the Portuguese explorer Fernidand Magellan has been mudered in the Philippines. He was brutally killed by the native people for reasons unknown in March 1521. However, the survivors of his crew finished his voyage and became the first people to circumnavigate the world. He will be considered a great explorer.
Christopher Columbus, widely considered one of the greatest explorers of all time, has died in 1506. An Italian explorer sailing for Spain, Columbus was one of the first people to reach the New World. Because he thought he had reach the West Indies, he called the natives of the land "Indians". He will be remembered as an amazing explorer.