The presentation covers the basics behind the early explorations of America, including the factors pushing Europe into the Age of Exploration. This was designed for use in AP History classes, but could also be used in any US History class. I usually run off the presentation in OUTLINE form and allow students to add their own notes to it as we discuss the information. A response essay question is included on the last slide. The presentation could be used either prior to readings/discussion about the exploration of America, or after as enrichment and jumping off points for discussion.