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European Exploration and Settlement: 1492-1607. European Ideas and Events impacting North America. 1096- Crusades begin 1271- Marco Polo explores China Trade, plague ends feudalism, leads to Renaissance developments 1. rise of the city- banking, joint stock company, trade

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European Exploration and Settlement: 1492-1607


European Ideas and Eventsimpacting North America

  • 1096- Crusades begin

  • 1271- Marco Polo explores China

  • Trade, plague ends feudalism, leads to

  • Renaissance developments

    1. rise of the city- banking, joint stock company, trade

    2. Nation-State supplants the Church

    3. Ideals of Renaissance= explorer

    4. New inventions, technology


Marco Polo

Italian Explorer

1254-1324


Main Trade Routes: 500-1500


Anxious investors wait for news about the South Sea Company, a joint stock company formed in London in 1711.

Joint stock companies are a form of partnership in which each member, or stockholder, is financially responsible for the acts of the company.LIBRARY OF CONGRESS


Spain, 1492

After forcing many Jews to be baptized and then referring to them as "marranos" (i.e.  swine), and after an Inquisition in which some 700 marranos were burnt at the stake for showing signs of "Jewish" taint, Spain expels all Jews from the country.


Zhu Di’s Map of the World, circa 1405


ShanhaiYudiQuantu Map, circa 1425


The Four Voyages of Christopher Columbus


  • Effects of the Columbus Voyages

  • America’s land led to end of feudalism

  • Gold creates inflation – destabilizes

  • European economy

  • Political power shifts to Spain

  • Treaty of Tordesillas (1492)


Old World to New World New World to Old World


1494


Hernan Cortes

Conquers Aztecs

1519-1521


Cortes’ Conquests,1519-1521


Missions in North America

Red= Spanish

Yellow= French


Henry Hudson, Netherlands

Third Voyage, 1609


Peter Minuit (Lynden) purchases Manhattan for trinkets worth $24, 1626


New Netherlands, 1661


Defeat of the

Spanish Armada, 1588


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