European Exploration The Pursuit of God, Gold and Glory
GOD God represented in the Sistine Chapel by Renaissance artist Michelangelo.
GLORY I SAW IT FIRST!
The “world” Europeans knew consisted of the African, European, and Asian continents.
Prince Henry began a school of navigation, meshing Science with exploration. Dauphin Map by Pierre Desceliers Made for Prince Henry, c.1546
Christopher Columbus’ notes in his copy of Marco Polo’s book. Polo’s book on his 25 year trip to the Far East was widely read due to the invention of the moveable-type printing press.
As explorers went forth into the “new world” they took along the maps of the day and improved upon them. The Island of California Le Nouveau Mexique et la Floride, by Nicolas Sanson d'Abbeville, 1656.
Before Europeans left their homeland, they loaded goods and food for their voyage. Loading a ship
On your blank map, shade the empires of the British, French, Spanish, and Portuguese. Create a legend indicating each empire.
ASSIGNMENT • Choose one area of one empire • Research the area to determine natural resources, present day country, language spoken, religion, and ethnicity of the people. • Write one page essay telling of the impact of European colonization on the area researched.