In nineteen-hundred-and-forty-two, Columbus sailed the ocean blue…
You are no doubt familiar with this year and why it matters, at least from an American history perspective.
In this class, though, we are going to back up and take a wide-angle lens toward the entire globe. We are going to look at how the year 1492 was experienced around the world, by many different countries and cultures. We’ll start with China, which was the most advanced civilization and the pre-eminent world power at the time.
Then we’ll look at the mighty Ottoman Empire, part of the Islamic world that would come to control the Mediterranean Sea. Why was Spain so hell-bent on expelling Jews and Muslims? And how did that factor into Queen Isabella’s decision to fund this rogue Italian sailor’s half-brained idea to sail west in search of India?
And what did they expect to find in India anyway?
The Inca, Maya, and Aztecs could tell you. We’ll study them, too: how did they experience the year 1492? They were used to tribal warfare amongst competing tribes; that was was normal …. but was there something different about these new arrivals in Spanish ships?
Suggested age range: 13+
Outside work: Several short videos + 10 to 20 pages of reading per week. Some readings will be challenging for younger students, but we will go over them in class.
When & where: Fridays at Voyagers in Chelmsford (directions) from 1:30-2:30, Sept. 21-Dec. 14, 2018. No class Nov. 23.
Fee: $250 for the semester, which includes a non-refundable registration fee of $10. Please read our media policy. $10 discount for Voyagers members. Payment plans available. Fees waived for families with financial need. (Waivers and payment plan information.)
Note: Students who enroll in all three Rise Out classes offered on Fridays at Voyagers receive a $100 discount on the third class.