We completed our Unit by doing a reading and summary on the Jesuit missionaries and their work converting natives to Christianity in the Americas, India, and China. Then, we took a big picture approach and retraced our steps from the beginning of this Unit, using short clips from the Mankind series to remind us of the cause and effect of history. The siege, and eventual conquering, of Constantinople by the Muslim Turks leads European nations to start exploring in an effort to find alternate trades routes. This has the Portuguese, led by Prince Henry the Navigator, to start exploring the coast of Africa. Eventually, Bartolomeo Diaz gets to the Cape of Good Hope (southern tip) and Vasco Da Gama eventually reaches India. The wealth gained from this trade route spurs an age of exploration, with Spain funding Christopher Columbus who inadvertently discovers two new continents (the Americas). This leads to great wealth, conquest of native peoples and the exchange of ideas, diseases, animals, technology, and crops. It also leads to mercantilism and colonization, piracy and competition, which brings us to the horrific slave trade.
Mankind Episode 7 - Watch from 16 minutes to 32 minutes (2 sections)
Mankind Episode 8 - Watch from beginning to 13th minute and then skip ahead to minute 22.
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