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Elementary Library: Explorers

Shannon Coyne

Christopher Columbus


In the 1400s and 1500s, there was a new love for culture and scientific discovery in Europe named the Renaissance. During this time, people used scientific examination to explore how the natural world worked. This curiosity and spirit of discovery, which led to numerous inventions and scientific discoveries during the Renaissance, also led to a period of geographic exploration as individuals began to explore the seas and lands beyond Europe.

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Explorers from 1501-1550: the Early Sixteenth Century

The European Explorers of CA 1500s-1600s


Christopher Columbus Leaves Spain Hernan Cortés arrives in  New Spain (Mexico) Francis Drake leaves England to Find the Northwest Passage.


EUROPEAN EXPLORATION: 1400 – 1500 (Adapted from Discovery Education) PDF Document

Exploration and Colonialism


Voyages of Exploration and Colonial Empires, c. 1700

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