Exploring the Explorers

  • Where did they come from?
  • Why did they explore?
  • What did they find?



Chapter 2, Section 1

Pages 61-66

Chapter 2, Section 2

Pages 67-70

Write definitions in complete sentences. Definitions can be found within the reading of each section, or in the Glossary in the back of the book.
Treaty of Tordesillas




Northwest Passage

Spanish Amada

New France

  • Where was he from?
  • What was he looking for?
  • What did he find?

Amerigo Vespucci

Vasco Núñez de Balboa

Ferdinand Magellan

Hernando Cortés

Francisco Pizarro

Álvar Núñez Cabeza de Vaca

Francisco Vázquez de Coronado

Hernando de Soto

Juan Roderíguez Cabrillo

Henry Hudson

John Cabot

Giovanni da Verrazzano

Jacques Cartier

Francis Drake

Samuel de Champlain

Key Questions
Answer in complete sentences, please. Be thorough –the questions require careful thought.
  1. Why did Europeans explore different territories?

  2. Why did Spain succeed in conquering so much of the Americas?
  1. What caused tensions between Spain, England and France?

  2. How did England defeat the Spanish Armada, and how did it change power in the New World?


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