...It was pretty vast.
The 7th grade social studies department teaches several reasons for European exploration and colonization during the so-called "Age of Exploration" or "Age of Discovery."
What I teach as the biggest and most important reasons are LAND, and NATURAL RESOURCES.
It's true, there were many other reasons - noble reasons - for exploring the world. (Gaining knowledge, for one...) But the main reasons Europe explored (and colonized) was for land and natural resources.
I'm not really in to casting stones, but let me point out one other thing: The British Empire helped pave the way for others with Imperialistic aims.
England lost moral credibility against Germany in World War II because of its history of imperialism. I believe it's becoming clearer and clearer that they were both evil.
If you want extra credit for reading and discussing the blog, you are supposed to read and discuss it with an adult. Discuss the British Empire: how much land they had, whether you believe it was okay for them to colonize the world - why or why not, etc... To prove that you were here, click on the link above, "Age of Discovery" and TKWA any map from that page. Have the adult you read and discussed the blog with sign the paper when you are done.
Make sure your name, date, and hour are on it, and turn it in tomorrow.
EXTRA: Here's a video many classes watched today: