Age of Exploration

By: Maura, Carly, Matt and Brian

Age of Exploration

The Age of Exploration is just how it sounds; during this time Europeans started to explore all new part of the world, find new ways to travel around the world, and map out what they found. The first person to start the trend of exploration was Prince Henry of Portugal, he sponsored explorers trying to find other ways to trade with Asia than Going by land which took time and was expensive. The men who sailed for him fallowed the coast of Africa and mapped it out as they tried to find a way around Africa to Asia. They finally found a way around Africa and landed in India to start trading with Asia with out having to go by land. Another huge discovery in the age of exploration was made by Christopher Columbus when he was trying to find an even shorter way to India by sailing strait west but he ended up landing in what would later be known as the Americas.

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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Works Cited

Ellis, Elisabeth Gaynor., and Anthony Esler. Prentice Hall World History: The Modern Era. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson, 2011. Print.

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International news

Pope Alexander VI has just made international news by setting up the Line of Demarcation, splitting the New World exactly in half. The Spanish-born pope was most likely slightly influenced by Fernidand Magellan and Isabella when they appealed to him in 1493. All land west of the line will go to Spain for exploration and any land east belongs to Portugal. This was recently agreed in the Treaty of Tordesillas. Political figures between Spain and Portugal prepare for dispute as cartographers have not fully mapped out the New World. Therefore, the exact location of the Line of Demarcation is very general and is bound to be debated. Whether Spain or Portugal will obey this new rule is still in question. World leaders also keep in mind that big powers such as England and France have been completely excluded from this new treaty. These countries may decide to simply barge into the New World. For now, we can only watch this exciting exploration debate unfold.
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Slave Trade

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

During this time, the Europeans and Portuguese worked very hard on expanding their trade to East Asia. This meant they had to develop several territories in the region and travel to new places. When the Ming Dynasty was in power, however, they did not feel that expanding trade was necessary. When they finally accepted the trading, they made a law stating that in exchange for their goods, the Europeans and Portuguese people would pay in silver and gold. Macao was a major trading post that helped to boost the economy for both Europe and Portugal. After the trading season, many outposts were set up to convert those of other religions to Christianity. The Jusuit's priest Matteo Ricci strongly influenced the Chinese and gained many followers for the religion. Although other dynasty's ruled, the Europeans remained a large ally and trading country to East 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.