Classical Conversations Cycle 1 Week 15


age of explorationWhat was the Age of Exploration?

The Age of Exploration is the dawn of interest in other worlds. This is when famous explorers emerged, like Marco Polo of Venice, and new routes began to be explored. This allowed countries to begin trading not only on the land trade routes, but also through sea trade routes, which was less expensive and not as heavily taxed.

220px-Henry_the_Navigator1Who was Henry the Navigator?

Henry the Navigator is actually Prince Henry of Portugal. During Prince Henry’s reign, Portugal was peaceful, allowing for the pursuit of foreign ventures. Prince Henry is known for his finding of the school for explorers and for his mapmaking. He would send explorers down the West Coast of Africa to bring back information to update and expand their current maps.


Slave TradeHow did slave trade begin?

Slave trade began after Prince Henry asked his sailors to capture natives from their trips and bring them back to Portugal. He soon discovers the profitability of trading them as slaves and established a legitimate trading system. Portugal ships would bring goods to Africa and trade them for slaves, the slaves would then be taken to the Americas and traded for raw materials, these raw materials would then be brought to Portugal starting the triangular trading system over again. (drawing this on the world map is a great visual for the kids)

Triangle Trade Route


AshantiWho were the Ashanti?

The Ashanti lived on the Gold Coast of Africa in what is now Ghana. They earned their riches through gold mining this area. They regularly bought and sold slaves with Portugal and treated them more like servants than property.


Other Resources: Story of the World V. 2, Ch. 28; The Usborne Internet-Linked Encyclopedia of World History p. 288; Everything You Need to Know About World History Homework pp.49-54


Each Continent’s Highest Mountain



Everything You Need to Know About Science Homework pp. 52-54


Metric Measures



Helping Verb (week 15 starts at 23 seconds)



Noun Endings 1st Declension



Middle East

Middle East



Other resources:

Fine Arts

Great Artists

When it comes to Fine Arts the best resource out there is Half a Hundred Acre Wood! She has an entire post dedicated to the great artists for weeks 13-18 and with tons of great resources. Be sure to scroll down the page for the artist you want. Click here to be taken there! 🙂

Timeline (week 15 starts at 1 minute and 19 seconds)


History Timeline Song Video with Music Only – Classical Conversations from Eneldo on Vimeo.


Click here for a great correlating booklist  created by The list is broken down for each CC subject.

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