Europeans explore North America!

The story of North American exploration spans an entire millennium and involves a wide array of European powers and uniquely American characters. It began with the Vikings’ brief stint in Newfoundland circa 1000 A.D. and continued through England’s colonization of the Atlantic coast in the 17th century, which laid the foundation for the United States of America. The centuries following the European arrivals would see the culmination of this effort, as Americans pushed westward across the continent, enticed by the lure of riches, open land and a desire to fulfill the nation’s manifest destiny.

Investigate the life of explorers and the causes and affects of each of their exploration efforts.

Directions: Answer at least 3 out of the 4 questions from section 1 and 6 out of the 10 questions from section 2 using textual evidence from the link provided. 

Section1- Life of a sailor (Answer 3 questions)

A1- Explain why life as a sailor was so difficult?

B1- Did sailors tend to live very sanitary lives? 

C1- Choose 2 captains and explain how they died.

D1- Infer what the word "ignominious" means based on your answer to letter C.

Section 2- Dutch and English colonize North America (Answer 6 questions)

A2- Who were the first Europeans to attempt to colonize the New World?

B2- List 5 catalysts (major reasons) for the beginning of the Age of Exploration. (Hint: 3rd paragraph after the word "introduction")

C2- List 5 major European powers which lead in the Age of Exploration.

D2- Explain the role "Religious Motivations" played to get Europeans to explore the world.

E2- Infer how else could religious conflicts play a role in European colonization of the New World. (Hint- Think if your king was Roman Catholic and you were Protestant {two different religions)

F2- How did the French make money in the New World? (Hint- Finding gold/Hunting/etc)

G2-Which explorer has a bridge named after him? Which European power (country) did he sail for?  

H2- What major U.S. city did the Dutch (Netherlands) found?

I2- Which English explorer has a city in a Southern state named after him? Which state is it in?

J2- X-factor: Create a slogan to get Europeans to travel to "your" colonial settlement in the New World


Find answers to each section of questions by using the link provided. Answer the questions you choose using google classroom. 

You will have 2 periods to complete this Webquest.

Each student will be evaluated based on his/her ability to find textual evidence to support his/her claims and opinions. 

The Age of Exploration brought together Europe, Asia, Africa, and the Americas. There were to main types of exchange; Biological and Cultural. In the Biological exchange they traded plants, animals, and diseases. ... During the Age of Exploration, the two basic factors influenced the Europeans in their efforts.


Mr. Lospinuso 

Bay Academy