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Students investigate the reasons behind the great journeys of exploration. They learn about significant individuals of the Age of Exploration (circa 1400–1800) and closely examine the journey of one explorer, trader or navigator. They develop skills of historical inquiry; learning to pose research questions, locate and analyse information, communicate their findings to others, and reflect upon and evaluate what they have learned. By the end of the unit, students should be able to identify key reasons for the exploration of the era and understand some of its effects.
Why did the great journeys of exploration occur?
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