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European Explorers. Bellringers using Primary and Secondary Sources. Date Here. These are two quotes about the purpose of European exploration from two different perspectives. What inferences can you make? .

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european explorers

European Explorers

Bellringers using Primary and Secondary Sources

date here
Date Here

These are two quotes about the purpose of European exploration from two different perspectives. What inferences can you make?

“. . . Finally, to compress into few words the entire summary of my voyage and speedy return, and of the advantages derivable therefrom, I promise, that … I will procure them as much gold as they need, as great a quantity of spices, of cotton, and of mastic (which is only found in Chios), and as many men for the service of the navy as their Majesties may require.”

- Christopher Columbus April, 1493

“…you have purposed with the favor of divine clemency to bring under your sway the said mainlands and islands with their residents and inhabitants and to bring them to the Catholic faith. Hence, heartily commending in the Lord this your holy and praiseworthy purpose, and desirous that it be duly accomplished, and that the name of our Savior be carried into those regions…”

- Pope Alexander VI, The Doctrine of Discovery, 1493


Examine this chart. In your opinion, Who got the better deal? Chart from:


Examine this map. Write 3 questions you have about European exploration.

You will have 5 minutes to work with a partner to answers to your questions. – Map from 2012 Encyclopedia Britannica


Think Like an Economist…

Now that you have learned about European exploration and the Columbian Exchange, it’s time to talk Economics!

Write a short paragraph that explains how European exploration might have impacted the economics of both Europe and the New World.


Why did things change between the Aztecs and Cortes?

This painting by Palacio de Gobierno called Tlaxcala city:

Shows discussions between Tlaxcalans and Hernán Cortés.

This painting called Storming of the Teocalli by Cortez and His Troops is by Emanuel Leutze