World History 9B, Assignment One, The World in 1491

Asignment One

The Western World in 1491

Deadline, 12/03, 80 points


Essential questions

What was the balance of world power like in 1491?

What was life in the Western Hemsiphere like before the arrival of the Europeans? Who were the dominant empires?

What movements were influencing Europe before the discovery of the Western Hemisphere?

Chichen Itza Temple



We are going to look at western Europe and the Americas just before the arrival of the Europeans in the Americas.


Students will identify and explain the answers to the essential questions listed at the top of this section.


Complete the handout. You may work with a partner, and we will do some pair sharing in class as well.


See the handout


Links you will use with this assignment

A copy of the assignment

Click here to view a printed copy of this assignment.

Other online files

To access the chapters of the textbook we will be using for the first month or so of class, click here.

Click here to access the first section of the online textbook we will use in this class.

Click here to access Chapter 20 of the textbook.

Here is the link to the PowerPoint file, 1491, we used in class.

Click here to view the Kahn Academy video about Pre-Columbian America we viewed in class.

To access the PowerPoint about the peopling of the Americas, we used in class, click here.

To access the PowerPoint about European conflict for control fo the New World, click here.

Click here to access the video documentary about the Spanish Armada.