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Topic: The Works of Samuel de Champlain: A Research & Review
A Note about Posting:
Your essay post should be a NEW THREAD. Please put the Category # and Source # in the subject line of your essay post.
The goal of this discussion is three-fold:
to understand the reasons and goals of European exploration;
to discuss the ethnocentrism of Europeans and their justification of the oppression and enslavement of native peoples;
to explore the impact of the “Age of Exploration” on native peoples in the Americas and Africa
3-paragraph essay post (min: 300 words) due Thursday, October 20:
You should NOT discuss all of the sources listed below – read through them and then choose one to read and discuss – again, make sure you discuss only ONE primary source in your essay answer.
Your essay should have three distinct paragraphs:
Your first paragraph should introduce the source and review the bibliographic information (author, type, date).
Your second paragraph should summarize the contents of the source effectively and completely.
Your third paragraph (the conclusion) should explain how the source helps us better understand the larger context of world history as discussed in the assigned textbook chapters.
Choose one source from the categories listed below for your Essay post:
Category 1: European Exploration of the Americas
Excerpts from Columbus’ journals at http://people.hofstra.edu/alan_j_singer/CoursePacks/ChristopherColumbusExcertpsfromHis1492Journal.pdf
Amerigo Vespucci - Account of His First Voyage: http://www.fordham.edu/halsall/mod/1497vespucci-america.asp
An account of the English exploration of Cape Cod at http://historymatters.gmu.edu/d/6617
An account of Native Americans and the French at http://historymatters.gmu.edu/d/6594
William Penn advertises for settlers: http://historymatters.gmu.edu/d/7440
Native Americans plead for religious toleration: http://historymatters.gmu.edu/d/5790
A Native American response to European claims to superiority at http://historymatters.gmu.edu/d/5828
A Native American remembers life before the arrival of Europeans: http://historymatters.gmu.edu/d/5817
Category 2: European Exploration of Africa and the Slave Trade
The personal account of one man’s enslavement: http://historymatters.gmu.edu/d/6372
An account of the slave trade at http://www.learnnc.org/lp/editions/nchist-colonial/1904
An excerpt from a slave narrative at http://www.vgskole.net/prosjekt/slavrute/htm
A slave tells the story of his enslavement at http://www.vgskole.net/prosjekt/slavrute/htm
A slave trader discusses slavery at http://www.vgskole.net/prosjekt/slavrute/htm
An account of a former slave trader at http://www.wwnorton.com/college/English/nael/18century/topic_2/newton.htm (pay attention to his descriptions of the slave trade)
Primary source images related to slavery: http://hitchcock.itc.virginia.edu/Slavery/search.html (Choose one category, look through the images, choose a few to concentrate on and then discuss them in your essay; specifically refer to at least one image and describe it to meet the quote requirement)
Category 3: European Exploration of Asia
An Englishman describes his first experiences of Japan at http://sourcebooks.fordham.edu/halsall/mod/1611adams-japan.asp
A Jesuit priest (Francis Xavier) describes his attempts to convert the Japanese at http://sourcebooks.fordham.edu/halsall/mod/1552xavier4.asp
An English merchant gives advice on how to profit from trade in Asia at http://www.thenagain.info/Classes/Sources/Mun.html
Name: Instructor: Subject: Date of Submission: The Works of Samuel de Champlain: A Review The history of early exploration and colonization is interesting to the extent that several scholars made publications on the subject. One such author is Champlain (1925), who published an article that discusses an alliance between the French and native Indians. Critical to the