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1450 - 1750

The Rise of the West:
When Byzantium fell The rest of the West kept movin' on up.

Big Changes In Europe

Age Of Exploration
Scientific Revolution
Protestant Reformation
Age of Enlightenment
14th-16th Centuries
1492, 15th-16th Centuries
15th-17th Centuries
16th Century
18th Century
Important People
Michaelangelo, Leonardo Da Vinci
Columbus, De Gama, Magellan, Amerigo Vespucci, Cortes, Pizarro
Da Vinci, Copernicus, Brahe, Keplar, Galileo, Newton, Harvey, Leeuenhoek, Linneaus
Martin Luther, John Calvin, King Henry VIII
Isaac Newton, Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Franklin, Immanuel Kant, John Locke, Thomas Paine
Art, Sculpture, Music, Literature
Discovery of America, Columbian Exchange
Inventions, Calendar, Astronomy, Mathematics, Physics, Anatomy, Microbiology, Macrobiology
Protestant Christianity
Precursors to Revolutions, New Ideaologies, Philosophy

A Whole New World:

One of, if not the, most important events in this period is the Discovery of the New World. This established the Columbian Exchange and for the first time connected all of world trade.


The map illustrates the Triangular Trade established in the 18th century. Slaves were shipped from the African coast to the Americas, raw materials from the Americas to Europe, and then manufactured goods from Europe were sent to Europe's African colonies.

An Unstable East

Gunpowder Empires
Rise: 1300's
Height: 1600's
Decline: 1700's
Rise: 1400's
Height: 1600's
Decline: 1700's
Rise: 1500's
Height: 1600's
Decline: 1700's
The Balkans, Turkey, E. Europe, Middle East, N. Africa
Iran, E. Iraq
Osman, Mehmet II, Selim, Suleiman
Tamerlane, Shaqh Safi al-Din, Shah Isma'il, Shah Abbas, Nadir Shah
Babur Zahir-ud-Din Mohammed, Humayun, Akbar, Jehangir, Shah Jahan, Aurangzeb
Defeat of Byzantine and Seljuk Empires, Sacking of Constantinople, Defeat of Safavid Persia, Invasion of E. Europe
Defeat by Ottomans
Defeat of Delhi rulers, Conquests, Revolts

Qing China

The Qing Empire began in 1616 with the invasion of the semi-nomadic Manchu people from the northeast. In 1644 the Manchus were declared rulers of all China. The rule by the Manchus would be the final imperial Chinese dynasty with their 268 year reign coming to an end in 1912 with the establishment of the P.R.C.