The Daily Discovery

A Look into the Age of Exploration

By: Carli, Amanda, Morgan, and Aparna

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International News

BREAKING NEWS! The Pope Has Finally Approved the Line Of Demarcation.

We all know the famous Christopher Columbus, the person who sailed and claimed to find "Eastern Asia." Though, after a while, Europeans began to realize that Columbus had actually fallen upon undiscovered, new land. Very soon after this discovery, people began to make plans to claim this land and make it their own, but the Spanish beat them to it. Very recently, Ferdinand and Isabella of Spain appealed to the Spanish-born Pope Alexander VI to support their claim in the new world.

Knowing this would be a problem, the Pope decided to make everything fair and equal. He set a Line of Demarcation, a line that separated the unclaimed into two zones. While one side was for the Portuguese, the other side was for the Spanish. The Spanish had rights to trade and explore anywhere west of the line, and the Portuguese had the same rights anywhere east of the line. The rules and regulations of the Line of Demarcation are specified in the Treaty of Tordesillas, signed by the two countries. Now all we can do is to wait and see the result!

By Aparna Roy

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The business industry of the Age of Exploration was mostly involved with trading and slave trades. Many Europeans were involved in slave trading, because it was a profitable business. Slaves worked on plantations, in homes, and for wealthy people. They were a good source of income for rich people because they either did not require or had a low pay. Many cultures were in source of wealth, so they went on voyages to look for places to acquire trading ports. They traded with the local people for weapons, food, cloths, and spices, and in turn they got gold, slaves, ivory, and hides. By trade at different ports, and through many countries in Europe, people were able to become rich from acquiring different items along trade routes. The business of trading allowed for many products and cultures to spread throughout different lands, and allowed foreign goods to be very profitable in areas where they were very uncommon.

By Amanda Raffa


In the age of exploration, there were a few import new technology/ inventions that were made. One of the most important technology during this time period was the compass. The compass was a useful device for the sailors. With this, they could tell which direction they were going. (North, South, East, and West.) Also the compass also told the sailors how many degrees they sailed. Another technology that they used was the gridded map. This was basically a map that showed the longitude and latitude. A really unique technology that was invented during this time period was the astrolabe. The astrolabe was important because it showed the angle of the stars in the sky. The last major technology piece was the lateen sail. The function of this was to try to make it lighter for easier usages to steer.

By Morgan Wood

Interview with Chief Yellow Tree of the Cheyenne Tribe

Reporter: Hello. Please welcome our guest, the Chief of the Cheyenne Tribe, Yellow Tree. We will be talking about the colonization process, and how it has affected the lifestyle and way of the Cheyenne Tribe.

Chief: It is a pleasure and an honor to be given this opportunity to talk to you today.

Reporter: I do have a few questions for you, if you don't mind, mostly focused on how the colonization of England may have affected you, whether it was in a positive or negative way, or both.

Chief: Not at all. Please go ahead.

Reporter: Right, then. My first question is on how colonization affected tradition and culture. Where there great changes, and were they good, or bad?

Chief: Tradition and culture had been affected, certainly something you would have noticed. Many things changed, as the cultures blended, for both the Tribes, as well as the Europeans.

Reporter: Were there any negative sides to this change?

Chief: In some ways, yes. Many of our old traditions were lost as new ones came and replaced them. Tribes began to see new ways of living, and lost old and sacred customs. A variety of things were mostly stored and passed down through oral tradition, but with the new ways, many of those stories and legends have been lost over the years, along with time.

Reporter: I see. You have been enemies, so to say, since the Europeans arrived at the Americas. You have always seemed to fight, and peace between the two groups was rarely made? Is there a specific reason?

Chief: There are many reasons for our two groups being rivals. We found nothing in common with these people, but we found no harm in that. And since it is a tradition to show hospitality to newcomers, we did. We found that there was enough room for both groups to settle, but the white men did not think so. They waged wars, killing many of my men. They gave us names and characteristics that are not true in the least. The white men never showed enough patience to see that we could have worked together.

Reporter: What happened to your land? Your people?

Chief: Many white men came and forced us out of our land, destroying what we worked our lives on, caring and nurturing it. They also brought deadly things, that killed may of my men. One day my men would be healthy, and the next day he would be sick, with something that we did not know how to cure. And it all came after the white men settled down in our land.

Reporter: Chief, I would like to thank you for spending your time with us today to answer a few questions.

Chief: As I said before, it was an honor.

Reporter: Thank you, and I hope to see you soon.

By Aparna Roy


During the 1400s, the Europeans were desperate for spices from Asia. In Asia, the rich Indian Ocean made a popular fit for the spice trade and build an empire. A new territory was formed in South-Eastern Asia. They were a group of thousands of islands called the Philippines. These islands became a link to Spain's trading empire. They said that the spices were expensive and dangerous to get. In order to the spices they had to travel through the Silk Road.

Portugal was the first European country to explore the sea route to Asia. Prince Henry was also one of the navigators who led the way in sponsoring exploration for Portugal. Vasco da Gama was the first to sail round Africa and through the Indian Ocean. Spain then took over this expedition. Christopher Columbus was one of the people who joined in this expedition and he thought he had reaches Asia, instead found the continent of North America.

By Morgan Wood

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The Daily Challenge

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