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This packet is dedicated to Portuguese Exploration. What was the Silk Road? What was the importance of spices, and why were they seeking a route to India to trade spices? What happened along their search for that route to India? Students will find out the answers to these questions and more in this research unit. Included are a map of Portugal, a map of the Portuguese exploration routes, a map of South America, and a map of South Africa. Also included is a blank KWL chart, an example of a filled in KWL chart, and a list of suggested guiding questions to help focus in on the research of Portuguese exploration. Though Apartheid wasn't directly caused by Portuguese exploration, there is also an activity that compares Apartheid in S. Africa to Segregation in the United States. To encourage more personal or group research, we've included both book report and website report forms for students to complete on the topic of Portuguese exploration. This packet is culminated by a test at the end, which includes 30 multiple choice questions that are accompanied by an answer key. Some of the answers can be misleading, and require the students to be critical readers and thinkers.