This PowerPoint presentation has definitions, pictures, animations and multimedia aspects on the Age of Exploration and European quest for empires. It features activities for students to exercise their critical thinking skills and recall the information. Material covered: European Exploration, the 3 Gs (Gold Glory God), discovery of the "New World," race for colonies, Columbus and the Columbian Exchange, De Gama, Magellan and his voyage, Balboa, cabot, Hudson (New Amsterdam), etc, remote locations found, sailing technology, the Atlantic and Arab Slave Trades, as well as the emergence of Capitalism and Mercantilism. In addition, it is common core compatible with built in questioning and reasoning, formative assessments such as exit tickets, and it even includes an maps and interactive animation. This is a must have for a serious educator.