In this topic students look at Europeans' fascination with the rest of the world in the 1500s, focusing on the exploration of the Americas and the expanded seaborne trade with Asia. The lure of wealth led to a new era of empire building and centuries of warfare among the Europe's empires.

Fling the Teacher! (Europe explores the world)


QUIZ: Countries of Europe in 1550

Europe in 1550



Spain and Portugal discover a New World (vocabulary)



Key locations in 1500 (interactive map)



Empires in the New World (interactive map)

Europe's empires after 1492


Explorers and conquerors




Resources and their locations