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Colliding Worlds (1450-1600)
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The practice of collecting goods from conquered peoples. (The Aztecs and Incas relied on systems of tribute before they were conquered by Spain; after the conquest, Spanish officials adapted indigenous tribute systems to their own needs by binding Indian labor to powerful men through encomienda and mita systems)
A gendered power structure in which social identity and property descend through the female line
Spiritual beliefs that center on the natural world. Animists do not worship a supernatural God; instead, they pay homage to spirits and spiritual forces that they believe dwell in the natural world
A gendered power structure in which social identity and property descend through the male line and male heads of family rule over women and children
The practice of passing family land, by will or by custom, to the eldest son
The traditional term for farm workers in Europe. Some peasants owned land, while others leased or rented small plots from landlords
A state without a monarch or prince that is governed by representatives of the people
The belief that individuals owe a service to their community and its government. During the Renaissance, political theorists argued that selfless service to the polity was of critical importance in a self-governing republic
A cultural transformation in the arts and learning that began in Italy in the fourteenth century and spread through much of Europe. Its ideals reshaped art and architecture and gave rise to civic humanism
Organizations of skilled workers in medieval and early modern Europe that regulated the entry into, and the practice of, a trade
A religion that holds the belief that Jesus Christ was himself divine. For centuries, the Roman Catholic Church was the great unifying institution in Western Europe, and it was from Europe that Christianity spread to the Americas
A religious doctrine that is inconsistent with the teachings of a church
A religion that considers Muhammad to be God's last prophet. Following the death of Muhammad in AD 632, the newly converted Arab peoples of North Africa used force and fervor to spread the Muslim faith into sub-Saharan Africa, India, Indonesia, Spain, and the Balkan regions of Europe
A series of wars undertaken by Christian armies between AD 1096 and 1291 to reverse the Muslim advance in Europe and win back the holy lands where Christ had lived
The Protestant Christian belief that God chooses certain people for salvation before they are born. Sixteenth-century theologian John Calvin was the main proponent of this doctrine, which became a fundamental tenet of Puritan theology
The reform movement that began in 1517 with Martin Luther's critiques of the Roman Catholic Church and that precipitated an enduring schism that divided Protestants from Catholics
A reaction in the Catholic Church triggered by the Reformation that sought change from within and created a new monastic and missionary orders, the Jesuits (founded in 1540), who saw themselves as soldiers of Christ
The primary avenue of trade for West Africans before European traders connected them to the Atlantic World. Controlled in turn by the Ghana, Mali, and Songhai empires, it carried slaves and gold to North Africa in exchange for salt and other goods
The campaign by Spanish Catholics to drive North African Moors (Muslim Arabs) from the European mainland. After a centuries-long effort to recover their lands, the Spaniards defeated the Moors at Granada in 1492 and secured control of all of Spain
A Mohawk leader who called members of five groups together forming the Iroquois Confederacy around 1570.
A German monk took up the cause of reform in the Catholic Church, and his 95 theses condemned the Church for the corrupt practices. He downplayed the role of the clergy as mediators between God and believers and said Christians must look to the Bible, not the Church, as the ultimate authority in matters of faith
Ruler of Mali (r. 1312-1337). His extravagant pilgrimage through Egypt to Mecca in 1324-1325 established the empire's reputation for wealth in the Mediterranean world.
Vasco da Gama
A Portuguese explorer who reached East Africa in 1497 and India the year after. Although his inferior goods were snubbed by the Arab and Indian merchants along India's Malabar Coast, he acquired cinnamon and pepper
He is an Italian navigator sailing for Spain who arrived on an island in the Bahamas, but he thought he had arrived in Asia. Then, he claimed the islands for Spain.
1485-1547, Spanish conquistador who defeated the Aztecs and conquered Mexico
Aztec emperor defeated and killed by the Spanish conquistador Hernando Cortes.
Pedro Alvares Cabral
Portuguese leader of an expedition to India; blown off course in 1500 and landed in Brazil
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