Why was there an 'Age of Discovery'?

Last updated: 15/11/2023
Contributor: Teachit Author
Why was there an 'Age of Discovery'?
Main Subject
Key stage
Early Modern Period c. 1450-1750: Explorers
Resource type
Student activity
Concepts and methods
Cause and consequence

The first of three resources on the Age of Discovery, or Age of Exploration, from the 1400s to the 1600s. 

Here, students sort or colour-code factors into religious, economic, political or scientific and then answer the enquiry question 'Why was there an "Age of Discovery"?' using the PEEL technique.

The other two resources in the set are:

An extract from the sorting cards:

i. During the Elizabethan era, famous explorers like Sir Francis Drake went to secure colonies for the glory of Queen Elizabeth I and the English. j. Isabella of Castile and Ferdinand of Aragon were rich and powerful monarchs in Spain. They wanted to spread Catholicism to the New World.




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