Age of Exploration: Current Events
Authors: Lindsay, Lauren, Lilly, and Sara
Interview with Cabasa Mendosa, Local Filipino; By: Lindsay Berube
Reporter: Good morning, Cabasa, and thank you for your time and presence. You live during a time where many explorations regarding new lands are being made and have even come into contact with ethnicities you have never imagined.
Cabasa: It is not a problem, and yes, I have experienced a lot during my time thus far. It has left many emotional scars on me but has made me aware of what the rest of the world is like.
Reporter: Who discovered your land and when did it happen? I know it was a European.
Cabasa: Ferdinand Magellan, a Spanish explorer, discovered my homeland. He did this in 1521 and Spain soon used my country's resources for profit through trading.
Reporter: I know that your country obviously was not fond of this. What did you do in order to try to prevent the colonization?
Cabasa: We did what all regular people would do. We rebelled. They disrupted the peace and ruined what we had. We had nice relationships with the Chinese, who was one our biggest traders, and the Spanish banned the trade because they got into disputes.
Reporter: That's horrible. In these tough times, wealth and power make countries like these ruthless. Did these explorers benefit you or your country in any way, despite how awful they were?
Cabasa: Well, I guess you could say that. In 1571, Lopez de Legapsi established the capital city of Manila and gained control of the area. Of course, we didn't like that because we were all peaceful, but they kept the Portuguese out of our lands.
Reporter: Thank you for answering these questions for me. It was a great help for the readers, as well as myself, to get a better understanding of the effects of the Spanish powers.
Cabasa: That is no problem. Thank you for having me.
Puzzle of the Week; By: Lauren Rego
Travel and Technology
Travel; By: Sara Sturtevant
Technology; By Sara Sturtevant
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Business and International News
Business; By: Lindsay Berube
In this day and age, trading slaves have been at an all time high for merchants and other traders. There are many things happening in regards to slave trade over this past month. Now, slaves are being traded in Africa, as well as being taken from the African coasts. In previous years, slaves were used to work on plantations; however, the fad of owning expensive slaves is on the rise. People are relying on African rulers to sell their war captives to our European countries. The triangular trade system has been very helpful and the Middle Passage is what has made this business even more popular. Europeans are now investing in slave trade, despite what Afonso I, the ruler of Congo, has to say about the matter. Many traders and merchants have been making large sums of money due to trading the slaves in exchange for goods such as guns, molasses, cloth, and sugar. If you are a trader, this may be a new field to consider.
International News; By: Lilly Syron
Obituaries; Written by: Lauren Rego
Magellan, Ferdinand, 41, Sabrosa, Portugal, passed April 27, 1521, in Mactan, Philippines. He was a respected explorer who set out from Spain and reached the Pacific Ocean. His final expedition proved that the world was definitely round, not flat. Magellan's crew was the first to sail a circumnavigate; however, he did not make it to the end of the voyage. In the Philippines, Magellan became involved in a local war and was stabbed and killed by natives. He leaves no family behind.
Prince Henry, 66, Porto, Portugal, passed November 13, 1460, in Sagres, Portugal. He was a well-known navigator who founded the School of Navigation in Sagres, Portugal. Prince Henry led Portugal to becoming a nation od major exploration. He was the patron of the expeditions that discovered the Azores and Madeira islands. He also set out expeditions that allowed the west coast of Africa to be mapped out for future voyages. Prince Henry is suspected to have died from heart failure.
Lord George Maccartney
Maccartney, George, 69, Ireland, passed May 31, 1806, in Chiswick, London, United Kingdom. He was an earl, statesman, colonial administrator, and diplomat. Maccartney led a British diplomatic mission to China in attempt to trade goods with the wealthy country, but, it was unssucessful. Maccartney died suddenly from an unknown cause.