The World Made New: Why the Age of Exploration Happened and How It Changed the World

The World Made New: Why the Age of Exploration Happened and How It Changed the World

by Marc Aronson, John W. Glenn

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Overview

National Geographic has always given readers the bigger picture of our world. Now The World Made New shows children the bigger context of American history. Written by award-winning children's author Marc Aronson and John W. Glenn, this innovative title will lead children through the causes and consequences of the defining age of exploration. Its unique approach will provide children with new ways of thinking about and learning from history, and instill a lasting sense of our country's past.

The World Made New provides a detailed account of the charting of the New World and the long-term effects of America's march into history. The text uses primary sources to bring history to life and features evocative profiles of the major explorers of the age. The book is beautifully illustrated with full-color artwork, multiple-time lines, and six custom National Geographic maps. The text and layout combine to provide an enlightening overview of New World exploration, and outline the historical context for the discoveries that literally changed the world.

The narrative carries young readers through this age of glorious, and sometimes inglorious, adventure. Follow the timeline of history unfolding; how the early colonies were established; how dissemination of products like the potato, tomato, tobacco, and corn made the Americas a major part of the new world economy; and how the Caribbean became a major trading hub.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780792264545
Publisher: National Geographic Society
Publication date: 08/14/2007
Series: Timelines of American History Series
Pages: 64
Sales rank: 128,253
Product dimensions: 9.70(w) x 10.10(h) x 0.30(d)
Lexile: IG1100L (what's this?)
Age Range: 10 - 14 Years

About the Author

Marc Aronson is an award-winning author, editor, publisher, speaker, and historian. He holds a PhD in American History.

John W. Glenn is an editor and producer of illustrated nonfiction reference books for children and adults. He has a BA in history from the University of Chicago.

Table of Contents


Introduction     4
Causes: Why Was There an Age of Exploration?     6
Europe Sets Sail     8
Religion
Competition
Wealth
Glory
Knowledge
Empires of the Americas     14
The Inca
The Aztec
The Lost City
Trade
What Happened: The Explorers     20
Columbus and the New World     22
The Age of Exploration
Cortes
Pizarro
Cartier
De Soto
Drake
Consequences: How the Explorers Changed the World     36
A World Joined     38
Disease
Plants & Animals
Population
Dinner
Global-Gold
Migration
Ideas
Ways of Living
Conclusion     50
Place-finder Map     52
Biographical Dictionary     54
Glossary     59
Sources & Web Sites     60
Index     62

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The World Made New: Why the Age of Exploration Happened and How It Changed the World 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Meerkat4 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I was super impressed with this book. As a historian, I found it to be very satisfying to read an informational book for children that gave proper information, all while keeping the information simple and understandable. When it comes to history, it is really easy to lose listeners when one starts to sound "too academic." the basic gist of this book is identifying and examining the effects of the age of exploration, and in turn, how those events changed the course of world history. The book didn't even focus entirely on Eurocentric perspectives! (although that was the majority of the book...) Honestly though, that is not a terribly big problem for a young reader just breaking into historical study so I chose to ignore it. This book covered war, migration, religion, and disease. It really painted a good picture of what the columbian exchange was, and what it meant to the world. I would highly recommend this book to young reader.
ShalynAdams on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book is about how the Americas were founded. It tells about how Columbus went about discovering them to what all happened in the mean time.I thought this book was a very informational book about how the americas were found. I'm not a big history buff so I got a little bored reading this book. But it does give alot of good facts to what happened around that time.In the classroom this would be a good book to use when the students are studying Columbus and when the New World was found. I would have the students write a short book report after we read this book and sudied this.
LisaMcG on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
3P"The story of the Age of Exploration is, in the end, about being human. Faced with a situation that was impossible to comprehend, some responded with greed, with violence, with fear. But others recognized this as a moment for invention, for creation, for compassion. They found a way to be human in a situation no human being had ever faced. They were the true heroes of the age."
marenh on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
4Q 3Pp. 50 "The story of the Age of Exploration is, in the end, about being human. Faced with a situation that was impossible to comprehend, some responded with greed, with violence with fear. But others recognized this as a moment for invention, for creation, for compassion. They found a way to be human in a situation no human being had ever faced."
kmcinern on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book provides an interesting demonstration of organization. Divided into three major sections, Causes, What Happened, and Consequences, subtopics and details are easily located. Marc Aronson and John Glenn make a point to provided information from a global perspective as opposed to a European-centered discussion. Although the text is a bit dry, the illustrations, specifically the timelines, break up the text nicely. This text would be an excellent resource in middle and high school Social Studies classrooms, but would also make an excellent example in classrooms studying ways to organize text.
abella on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is a timeline of exploration in American history. It has pictures of people and places and gives brief blurbs on each exploration.