La Salle

This person claimed the Mississippi River Valley


This person explored the Southwest


This person established the settlement of Quebec

La Salle and Champlain

Name two French explorers


Spanish explorer


English explorer

gold, resources, and trade

Economic motivations for exploration

spreading Christianity

Religious motivation for exploration


A lot of land owned by one country

goods and ideas

An accomplishment of exploration was the exchange of these

navigational tools and ships

An accomplishment of exploration was the improvement of these


another word for land that was claimed

navigational tools

Instruments that help sailors figure out where to go (like a compass)


Something that gets in the way or makes a task more difficult


The reason why something gets done

West Africa

Explored by the Portuguese

fur trading posts

Established by French explorers in the New World


Which European group conquered and enslaved Native Americans?


Which European group established trading posts and spread Christianity?

French and Spanish

Which two European groups spread Christianity to Native Americans?


Which European group claimed ownership of land and settled on it?

English and French

Which two groups traded with the American Indians?

American Indians

Which group taught farming techniques to the European settlers?

Ghana, Mali, and Songhai

Which three empires dominated West Africa from 300-1600 AD?

300-1600 AD

During these years, Ghana, Mali, and Songhai dominated West Africa.

manufactured goods

The West Africans traded gold and salt for these.


Explorers from this country traded with West Africa.

Gulf of Mexico

This body of water made it possible for France and Spain to explore the interior of the Americas.


Which European group learned farming techniques from the American Indians?

Niger River

The empires of Ghana, Mali, and Songhai were located near this river.


This explorer claimed eastern Canada.

Mississippi River Valley

Claimed by Robert La Salle


Claimed by Francisco Coronado


Established by Samuel de Champlain

Eastern Canada

Explored by John Cabot

Atlantic Ocean

This body of water served as a highway for explorers.

St. Lawrence River

This body of water connects the Great Lakes to the Atlantic Ocean.

Pacific Ocean

This body of water was an early exploration destination.

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