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1450-1750 Timeline

AP World History Timeline 2012
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Rachael Greig

on 2 December 2012

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Transcript of 1450-1750 Timeline

Rachael Greig 1450-1750 In 1453 In 1541 The Ottoman Empire took over Constantinople. This is important because it marked the end of the Byzantine Empire. This even also had a major effect on Europe. Europeans now had no true access to the Silk Roads. The Europeans and the Ottoman's did not get along very well due to their religions. At certain points there was religious tolerance, however that was not always the case. The protestant reformation began this year. This is significant because Christianity is still a major world religion. The protestant reformation occurred because people did not approve of the corruption of the Catholic church. A man named Martin Luther wrote a book criticizing the Catholic church and due to the invention of the printing press, the book was read through out Europe, causing people to create new branches of Christian churches. In 1517: During this time, the Spanish invaded and took over the Aztec Empire. This event was important because these colonies were soon used as plantations and to make money for Spain. A complex society with a very rigid social hierarchy also resulted in this conquest. This conquest also impacted the Aztecs because many of them died of European diseases such as influenza. 1519-1521 The first important event that occurred in the 1530's was the first Portuguese plantations in Brazil. These plantations were worked by a slave labor force. The Portuguese traded guns and alcohol for slaves in Africa, this trade was called the Atlantic slave trade. The slave trade had a major impact on Africa and the America's.

The second important event occurred in 1532. This event was the Spanish conquest of the Inca Empire. This affected the native people, who either died of disease or became one of the lowest classes of the new social hierarchy that was eventually created. 1530-1532 In 1541, Silver was discovered. This is significant because the trade of silver had a major impact on the entire world. Europeans discovered silver in certain areas in the America's, and began to trade silver for products they desired in China. In 1550: In 1492 Christopher Columbus made his first voyage to the America's. This event was significant for obvious reasons. First of all, the Columbian Exchange brought many products to Europe and to the Americas. Examples of these products are, potatoes, corn, diseases, tobacco, spices,and many animals and other objects. This discovery led to many other important events. In 1550, Russia began expanding across Siberia. This is important because this gave Russia a form of wealth in fur. Fur trade was also important throughout Europe and in the America's. 1600-1602 During this time, the British and Dutch East India companies begin operations in Asia. These companies are important because in Britain this company soon was lending money to the government, which made the British East India company extremely powerful and somewhat in control of the government. These two companies also set up trading posts in India. 1600-1603 During the early 1600's European missionaries were expelled from Japan. This is important because it is the beginning of Japan trying to take control of their country again. It shows that Japan began to see the missionaries as a threat.

The second event during this time frame occurred in 1603. In 1603 the Tokugawa shogunate was established in Japan. This shogunate lasted many years and eventually affected countries such as Russia, China, and the America's. Although during this time Japan was isolated, the events that took place in Japan were fairly significant. Social classes, Economy, and politics changed in many ways. 1607 In 1607, Jamestown, Virginia was established as the first permanent English settlement in North America. This had an effect on the Native Americans and England. Many of the natives in the area either traded with the new settlers or died from European disease. The settlers had trouble at first but eventually more English colonies were established. 1682-1725 Peter the Great began Westernization in Russia. This is significant because during this time Russia also expanded due to desire to trade with the rest of Europe. Peter the Great also traveled to Europe to learn European knowledge and how to build ships. Peter returned to Russia with this knowledge and changed Russia. 1700's During the 1700's a lot occurred. European Enlightenment occurred during this time and continued on up to the 1750's. This enlightenment included scholars such as John Locke, Mary Wolstonecraft, Montesquieu, Rousseau, and John Stuart Mill. These enlightenment thinkers had ideas such as certain equality and human rights. These ideas had an impact on all of Europe and eventually the Americas. 1700's Continued: During the 1700's there was a peak in slave trade. This impacted the America's, Europe, and Africa. Africa were trading more slaves for European goods, and Europeans were trading more goods for slaves to work in plantations.

Another peak ocurred in the plantation systems occurred during the 1700's. This is in correlation with the peak in slave trade.
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