Brian DeLay, associate professor of history at the University of California, Berkeley, discusses how the backwater of western Europe emerged from the devastation of the fourteenth century to generate the power, wealth, knowledge, institutions, and energy to initiate and develop a worldwide expansion.
Professor John Fea of Messiah College discusses the European motivations--gold, gospel, and glory--for exploration in the Americas, taking Europeans from the Crusades to the Spanish conquest and the exploitation of resources in the Caribbean. He explores as well the question of whether the Spanish conquest of the Aztecs was "complete"--military, political, economic, religious, and cultural.
Teaching with Russell Shorto’s book Island at the Center of the World
Students will examine primary documents and secondary sources to analyze the effects of the Dutch West India Company settlement in North America.
Students will be able to identify the role of geography, seventeenth-century Dutch law, and commercial interests of the DWIC in the development of New Amsterdam.
Students will analyze the encounters of the settlers of New Amsterdam with the indigenous...