History of Technology 2: The Age of Exploration

Buckle in, it's time to explore the age of exploration. Side note: if you actually just buckled in, we really hope you're not watching this while driving. No Shmoop video is ever that important.

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continents to deliver tyranny and smallpox. word to the wise delivering

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pizza is always preferable. so here's a brief overview of how the Age of

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Exploration changed the world. first off Empire Empire Empire. we can't say it

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enough. and nevermind three times was enough. moving on. bumping into new lands [world map on a chalk board]

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and people seem to give Europe the bright idea that they should conquer

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those new lands and peoples. or at least just camp out there for a while .and it

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was a major camping trip like they brought eight tons marshmallows for

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their s'mores. as evidence we present the Dutch in South Africa the Portuguese in

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Goa and the Spanish in South America to name a few a very few. the Age of

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Exploration also created a massive biological exchange. no people weren't

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swapping answers for their bio exams, but there was a massive exchange of plants [men exchange biology answers]

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and animals between new and old worlds. think that doesn't matter? Oh think again

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potatoes tomatoes corn tobacco peanuts and chocolate yep they all came from the

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Americas. but let it never be said that the Europeans didn't give back. in

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exchange the Americas got smallpox cholera malaria yellow fever and almost

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every weed you can think. of oh and horses which are actually cool but not

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cool enough to cancel out the malaria. as always with every expansion of

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transportation technology trade expanded as well. globalization was spreading its

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web once again. it went down like I always had before just in a bigger way.

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transportation networks improved so trade improved so people made money and [fleet of ships pictured]

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different cultures started to interact. over time trade across the Atlantic

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became globally important and it included new world plantation crops like

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sugar tobacco and cotton along with millions of African slaves to grow all

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that stuff. I also might have heard that list and thought geez some of the stuff

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sounds bad. and well yeah some of it was world got

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more connected but not everybody profited. raise your hands if you're

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surprised. wow so many hands. stop we can't handle it. [audience sits quietly]