Age of Exploration - Why Christopher Columbus Knew What He Knew

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This is a great lesson I have used for years with my history students. They enjoy it time and again because they will leave class with something new, something they can actually hold.

I do this as part of a lesson, but one could tailor this to make it fit into just about any classroom in any way.

Whenever we learn about Columbus, at some point I will ask the students, "But, how did Columbus know? This is in reference to his belief that in sailing west would eventually put him in the east. Was it a hunch? Was it a dream? No! It's because he was one of many searching for answers in this time of the Renaissance in Europe.

Students will learn about what educated Europeans thought of the world in the late 1400s. Yes, they were way wrong but they had their ideas.

Students will create a learning tool to help them remember this lesson. Have fun!
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Age of Exploration - Why Christopher Columbus Knew What He Knew