Unit 3 | World Studies 3rd ed.


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Chapter 7: Age of Exploration

Chapter 8: Developing the Americas

  • The Treaty of Tordesillas—History of the treaty that defined the borders of Spain’s and Portugal’s colonies in South America
  • Lima, Peru—UNESCO website of the colonial district, including a short picture gallery
  • Cathedral of Lima, Peru—website featuring the burial site of Francisco Pizarro
  • Robert Cavalier, Sieur de la Salle—Describes his life and explorations
  • Jacques Cartier—Describes his explorations in Canada for France
  • Samuel de Champlain—Biographical information and his explorations for France  
  • Jamestown—website to Historic Jamestown, features archeological research
  • History of the decline of Harvard University—history of the Puritan school’s doctrinal and moral decline, by Dr. David Beale
  • American War for Independence—Provides an explained chronology of the war (located under “Chronicle of the Revolution”)
  • The United States Constitution—Text from Project Gutenberg
  • Simón Bolívar—Contains a biography and summary of his labors for Spanish independence
  • Mexico City Metropolitan Cathedral—Picture Gallery of Mexico City’s Baroque cathedral, built from the stones of an Aztec temple that stood on the site
  • Bartolomé de Las CasasA Brief Account of the Destruction of the Indies Or, a faithful Narrative of the Horrid and Unexampled Massacres, Butcheries, and all manner of Cruelties, that Hell and Malice could invent, committed by the Popish Spanish Party on the inhabitants of West-India, Together with the Devastations of several Kingdoms in America by Fire and Sword, for the space of Forty and Two Years, from the time of its first Discovery by them

Chapter 9: Transformations in European Culture

  • Louis XIV—Overview of the life of France’s absolutist king, including his wars
  • Maria Theresa—overview of the ruler’s life from PBS
  • Maria Theresa—Contains sections on her domestic reforms and foreign relations, webpage from Encyclopedia Britannica
  • Maria Theresa—Biographical information of Austria’s absolutist queen
  • English Civil War—provides a good religious and political background to the civil war
  • English Civil War—describes the warring sides; provides a thorough timeline, and offers a good overview of Oliver Cromwell’s life
  • William Herschel—describes his astronomical discoveries and royal patronage
  • Edward Jenner—Discusses his work with the smallpox vaccination
  • Baruch Spinoza—summarizes his heretical ideas and contains a link to his writing
  • John Locke’s An Essay Concerning Human Understanding— A typical piece of Enlightened writing and thinking that promotes rationalism

Chapter 10: Oceania and Australia

Chapter 11: Empires of Eurasia 1500-1900


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