Trace the routes of the major land explorers of the United States, the distances traveled by explorers, and the Atlantic trade routes that linked Africa, the West Indies, the British colonies, and Europe. Locate on maps of North and South America land claimed by Spain, France, England, Portugal, the Netherlands, Sweden, and Russia.

Age of Exploration

Why did Europeans explore? Download Primary Source Set: Age of Exploration

This source set considers European and indigenous accounts to identify the reasons that Europeans set out to explore the Americas.