1300 AD – 1600 AD

Renaissance started in Italy, Portugal and Spanish Explorers in the New World, Inca’s Machu Picchu, Gunpowder and Cannons.

Your child will spend a considerable amount of time studying events that occurred during this time period. The Renaissance  in Italy, then spread to the rest of Europe, ultimately influencing the rest of the world. Visit the homeland of Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo and Raphael. Ancient texts were rediscovered, re launching classical education based on Aristotle, Plato and Socrates.

The Portuguese developed into a rich world-power as a result of trade with Africa and Asia. Christopher Columbus changed the traditional view of earth. His discovery of natural resources also changed the financial landscape of Europe as the riches of the New World funded Spain’s rise as a power and pressed England, Holland and France to respond with their own exploration and planting of colonies, thus impacting  North and South American even to today.  Visit Puerto Rico and ponder why the Spanish considered Sir Frances Drake a pirate. There are so many places to go and experience these things first hand. While Europeans were making a land grab in Africa and North America, the Incas were building an estate for their emperor high in mountains of Peru, now called Machu Picchu.

Travel over land or by cruise around Portugal and Spain. With improved building techniques new ship designs evolved. Caravels (Nina and Pinta)  and caracks (Columbus’s Santa Maria and Magellan’s ship) change the nature of trade and exploration. You can tour replicas of these today. The art world flourished during this period, with the results in museums all over the world. Encourage your child to draw constantly and expose them to painting so when they see these pieces, they can truly appreciate them as masters. Take in an auction at Sotheby’s or Christie’s in New York and London to get a sense of the values of these works of art.



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