European History to WWI

The Age of Discovery Overview

Beginning in the early 15th century and continuing into the early 17th century, Europeans were interested in expanding their horizons and exploring the world. With the invention of the new printing press, news of European vogages spread and accounts from distant lands redefined the geography of the world and led to the age of scientific and intellectual inquiry.

Age of Exploration

[ Dutch sea atlas], [Map 1], 1654
Frederik de Wit
(Harvard University)