The Globe Encompassed: The Age of European Discovery, 1500-1700 / Edition 1

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Part of the Connections: Key Themes in World History series, The Globe Encompassed combines the most recent secondary work in the field with the author's own personal archival work to present a updated synthesis of the topic.

The Globe Encompassed lays out in clear narrative form a series of connected stories that simultaneously instruct and fascinate the reader. Beyond that, the author-guide provides carefully chosen excerpts from primary sources that enable the reader to enter the mindsets of such notable personalities (and driving forces in Europe’s profound impact on the early modern world) as Vasco da Gama, Hernan Cortés, and Samuel de Champlain, and to see first-hand such widely separated and profoundly different colonial enterprises as Dutch-held Batavia (Jakarta) and Puritan New England. In so doing, Ames allows the reader to encompass the globe as it existed between 1500 and 1700.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780131933880
  • Publisher: Pearson
  • Publication date: 5/23/2007
  • Series: Connections Series for World History Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 208
  • Product dimensions: 5.98 (w) x 8.81 (h) x 0.55 (d)

Table of Contents






Motivation: “Christians, Spices and More?”

The Means: “Maps, Money, and Ships”

Was the World Flat or Round?

Caravels, Naus, and Carracks

The Iberian Century, ca. 1490 to 1600

The First Century of Global Conflict, 1600-1700


Portugal and Prince Henry the Navigator

Rounding the Cape of Good Hope: The Reign of D. João II

The First Voyage of Vasco da Gama (1497-1499)

Building a Spice Empire in Asia, ca. 1500-1520

First Page of Caminha’s Letter

T he Estado da India, 1520-1600

Building a Land Empire in Brazil, 1500-1600

Decline and Rebirth in Asia and Brazil, 1600-1700

Seventeenth Century Brazil: The Dutch Challenge and Beyond



The Enterprise of the Indies

Columbus’s Fleet of 1492

Columbus’s Later Expeditions and Death

Early Attempts at Empire, 1493-1520

The Voyage of Magellan

Cortes and the Conquest of Mexico

Pizarro and the Incas

The Age of the Conquistadores

Administering the New World

The Philippines, 1521-1700

The Economic Structures of Spanish America

Social and Cultural Life in Colonial Spanish America

Religion and the Missionary Orders

Survival of Empire in the 17th Century



The Voyage of Houtman, 1595-1597

Competing Dutch Companies, 1597-1602

The Foundation of the United Dutch East India Company, 1602

The Dutch Strategy

Empire Building in Indonesia, ca. 1609-1629

The Spice Islands

Consolidation and Expansion under Van Diemen

Warfare with the Portuguese on Ceylon 1638-1658

Malacca and Japan

The Dutch West India Company (WIC) 16221-1700

The Maetsuycker Years in Asia, 1653-1678

Mounting Problems for the VOC, 1660-1700



Privateers and the Periphery of World Empire

The English Empire in the New World and Asia, 1500-1700

The Northwest Passage

Privateering and Permanent Colonies

Virginia and Massachusetts

Carribean, South America, and the ‘Triangular Trade’

The English East India Company

Rivalry with the Dutch in Indonesia, ca. 1600-1623

The Shift to Persia and India, ca. 1620-1700

The French Challenge ca. 1500-1600

The Voyages of Jacques Cartier, 1534-1544

The French Empire in Canada and the Caribbean, 1600-1700

The French Empire in the Indian Ocean Basin, 1500-1700





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