Social Studies - 2019-20
WHI.13c - European Exploration & Interaction
The student will apply social science skills to understand the major civilizations of the Western Hemisphere, including the Mayan, Aztec, and Incan, by
c) evaluating and explaining the European interactions with these societies, with emphasis on trading and economic interdependence.
UNDERSTANDING THE STANDARD
The expanding economies of European states stimulated trade and a desire for exploration.
Factors contributing to the European exploration
Demand for gold, spices, and natural resources in Europe
Support for diffusion of Christianity
Political and economic competition between European empires
European and Islamic origins and development of navigational tools
Establishment of overseas empires and decimation of indigenous populations