Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Website Spotlight: Voyages of Exploration

Introductory Note:

Welcome to one in a series of posts which spotlight quality websites that I use with my U.S. History survey course students at Azusa Pacific University to enrich the regular material in our learning modules.

In this post, I limit myself to those specific aspects of the website which I find fit particularly well within our face-to-face class sessions (each student is required to bring a laptop to class) or as the basis for the students' regularly-assigned written reactions.


Here are the main web pages I ask my students to focus on:

1. Portuguese Exploration:

Prince Henry the Navigator

The Atlantic Islands


Sea Route to India

Early Voyages to the Far East

Ferdinand Magellan

2. Spanish Exploration:

The Caribbean: First Contact

Christopher Columbus and the Spanish Empire

Conquest of the Aztec Empire: Cortes

3. Various Other Pages of Interest:

Technical Advances in Shipbuilding and Navigation

European Way of War

Communicating with Indigenous Populations

Religion and Exploration

The Sugar and Slave Trades



Here is a complete outline of all the web pages available on this site:

Iberian Pioneers: Portugal and Spain

Major Section #1: Portugal:

Prince Henry the Navigator (several screens):
   Knights Templar
   Lure of Trade
The Atlantic Islands (plantations, slaves, sugar):
Ceuta: First step
Search for gold and slaves
   China was exploring toward Africa but halted
   The Ming Dynasty's Maritime History
Vasco da Gama 1: Sea Route to India
   Bartolomeu Dias
Vasco da Gama 2: Red Sea Trade
Voyages of Imperialism (lengthy article)
Initial contacts with China and Japan
   Saint Francis Xavier
Magellan: His Biography and his Circumnavigation of the Globe (Great article!)

Major Section #2: Imperial Spain

Isabella and Ferdinand consolidate their power
   First contact
   Christopher Columbus
The Americas and the Conquistadors
   Cortes and the Aztecs
   Pizarro and the Incas

Major Section #3: Special Topics

Knowledge and Power
Technical Advances in Shipbuilding and Navigation
European Maritime Superiority
European Way of War
Communicating with indigenous populations
Religion and Exploration:
   St. Francis & the Franciscans
   St. Dominic & the Dominicans
   The Society of Jesus (Jesuits)
Trade: Sugar and Slaves
Sugar plantation
African slavery
Middle passage
Predominant Winds and Explorers' Routes


Concluding Note:

I hope you will use this blog post in conjunction with both the modules on my Learning Professor wiki and the numerous other posts in my Website Spotlight series.

1. The website spotlighted in this post fits within the following U.S. History survey course module on the wiki:

2. The other blog posts in my Website Spotlight series--chronologically displayed by U.S. History survey course module-- can be found on this wiki page:


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