Lesson Plan

Other Worlds: The Voyage of Columbus

The voyage of Columbus.
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The voyage of Columbus.

Debate over the legacy of Christopher Columbus has opened new perspectives on the Renaissance world that gave impetus to his first voyage, and has raised awareness of the cultures he and those who followed him encountered in the world across the sea. Through the Internet, students can observe the events of 1492 from this dual vantage-point, exploring the two worlds that made contact when Columbus stepped ashore.

Guiding Questions

No guiding questions

Learning Objectives

To gain an understanding of the forces within European society that found expression in the voyage of Christopher Columbus

To examine the cultures of those whom Columbus and his successors encountered in the New World

To analyze the degree to which cultural expectations shaped the encounter experience for Columbus

To reconstruct the encounter experience for those who saw Columbus sail into their world.