We’ve made this Age of Exploration Timeline to go with your study of the Explorers from Henry the Navigator to Henry Hudson.
A Bit Of History
The Age of Exploration was probably the most pivotal era in the world ever. Europe discovered, colonized, traded with, and conquered essentially the whole world. For the first time ever the world was a connected place. Wealth flowed into Europe making possible the Renaissance, the Age of Reason, and new scientific knowledge. New lightly inhabited lands opened up as places where people seeking freedom, economically, religiously, and politically, could flee to from the old heavy handed monarchies of the old world. The freedom further accelerated the growth of wealth, ideas, technology, and liberty across the world. Whether you think it was good or bad, you have to admit the Age of Exploration fundamentally changed the world.
How To Use The Timeline
Just cut apart the figures along the lines and glue them in order to a long piece of paper. I like using Freezer Paper from the grocery store along one wall in my schoolroom. We add dates and images to our timeline all year so we can see how historical events and people overlap. You can see what our timelines look like and how we use them here. You can also place the timeline squares into a notebook.
As we place the figures on the timeline we talk briefly about each one. With this timeline we’ll do a historical map at the same time and add each explorer’s basic route as we discuss him.