Analyze Global Trading Networks during Imperial Expansion
Part I: Analyzing History: The Historian’s CraftThis assignment will ask you to do a few things:
A. Read/Analyze a set of primary sources, including art works, first-hand accounts, and letters, related to the historical period of Spanish and Portuguese expansion
B. Analyze sources and start thinking how they will support your thesis statement.
*The objective of Part I is to get students to think like a historian, doing many of the same things that people in this profession and field of study do.
Part II: The Write UpTaking a look at empires and global trading networks during a period of imperial expansion. How do the sources provide information about empires, and what they pursued in the New World? Please explain if the images and documents provided yield a sufficient account of what the experience was like for both natives and European exploration and conquest.
Formulating a Thesis: Create a thesis statement! Please do not be intimidated by this, just think of a solid statement that will support your argument throughout the write up. Your thesis statement should respond to the sources you will analyze (i.e. slides/docs/etc). This should be in your beginning paragraph.
Part III: Wrapping it upThinking Hypothetically: If you feel that you could use or integrate another primary source(s) to get a better understanding of this cultural exchange, what kind of sources would you be looking for? Include this part in the end