Monday, September 24, 2012

Monday, September 24, 2012


Arrival of Columbus to America.

     Today, first we have reviewed the things we learnt in the previous class: the birth of the modern States and the characteristics of Absolute and Authoritarian Monarchies.

     Then, we have checked our homework. For homework, we had to do a scheme about the Age of discoveries. So Paqui has written it on the blackboard. She has started writing about the causes of this age: The conquest of Constantinople and the Byzantine Empire by the Ottoman Turks caused the closure of the terrestrial routes to Asia and the Europeans looked for new trade routes. 

     After that, we have talked about the "discovered" lands. The Castilians discovered a new continent, America; and the coasts of Africa and a sea route to Asia were the Portuguese discoveries. First, she has taught us that they led to the beginning of globalization process, which means that relationships between different parts of the world started to exist and they permitted the exchange for products, people and knowledge. This process had positive and negative aspects. The positive ones were that a richer and varied diet spread out and there was an extraordinary progress in science; and the negative ones were the demographic catastrophe for the natives and development of slavery. 

    Another consequence was the creation of overseas empires by Portugal and Castile in the 15th-16th centuries and by France, England and Low Countries in the 17th century. Europe established its supremacy and in this period the accumulation of capital started. During the class we have written some words on our glossary like thief (ladrón), to skirt (bordear), compass (brújula), caravels (carabela) and rise (ascenso).

Territories discovered by Portugal and Castile 
     Then, Paqui has written another sketch about Society and Economy of this period. She has said that the Society was divided into estates and that new economic activities appeared. For homework, Paqui has said to us that we have to define: "Capitulations of Santa Fe" and "the Treaty of Tordesillas" looking for these definitions on the unit 6 of the book.


Paqui Pérez Fons said...

Well done, Salva! Your journal is very complete. There are some small mistakes. Let´s see if your classmates can find them. Your idea of including the links is very good. The students who read your post will have their homework done!

The only think I would change is about the pictures:

You could include one at the top of the text and the other one below it. You have to include a caption explaining what the picture represents and the complete link. For example, if I had included a map of the colonization of the Americas, this one would be its link:

See you on Wednesday!

Monica said...

Hello Salva! I like your journal is very complete. The photos are very good also!

Roxana said...

I think that in stead of sketch is scheme and you have forget the h in the word characteristics. I think that the word Modern, the the second like, has to be in capital letter.
But your journal is very good and I like the idea to add links! :)

Miguel Bustamante said...

VERY BAD SALVA, YOU HAVEN'T SAID NOTHING ABOUT THE GROUP PHOTO jaja Thanks for the glossary words, because I didn't have all of them. ;)

maria said...

Hello Salva, I like your journal, it is very complete.

Paqui Pérez Fons said...

Hello again,

I agree with Roxana: it´s better to use the word scheme rather than sketch. A sketch is mostly used for drawing.

Other corrections:

- the causes of the discoveries during the Modern Era

- ...they led to or meant the beginning of globalization process

- they permitted/ made possible the exchange for products...

- this period the accumulation of capital started Remember the word order: Subject+ Verb+complements

- And the last thing you have to remember: to say something to somebody /to tell something somebody. Can you correct the last sentence with this clue?

See you tomorrow!