Task - European explorers, conquest, and colonies
This task has students use the sources provided (and a little Internet research) to write an essay about whether European explorers, conquerers, and colonizers were more motivated by gaining wealth or spreading Christianity. The last document is the task itself, and one of the documents is an outline for the students. Along with these, I used National Geographic's "Guns Germs, and Steel, Episode 2: Conquest" and the Middle Passage scene from Amistad.


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  • Marco Polo and Ibn Battuta Excerpts.doc
  • Journal Entries of Vasco da Gama and Columbus.doc
  • Bartolome de Las Casas Handout.doc
  • Code Noir.docx
  • Columbian Exchange Mercantilism Handout.doc
  • How Mercantilism Works.docx
  • Internet Sources Checklist.doc
  • guns germs and steel incas.doc
  • Outline for essay on European motivations.doc
  • Spanish Colonialism Documents.docx
  • Task on European exploring, conquest, and colonizing.doc

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Created: Jul 28, 2015

Updated: Aug 19, 2015


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Marco Polo and Ibn Battuta Excerpts


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Journal Entries of Vasco da Gama and Columbus


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Bartolome de Las Casas Handout

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