Map Our Shared Past in the Mediterranean

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Students will research a set of individuals whose life stories reflect themes of movement, imperial competition, trade, piracy, slavery, etc. and then create geo-biographies on an online map. Each working group of students will plot at least 4-5…

Students will compare several historical maps of the period, including: • Carta Catalana, 1452 • Mürsiyeli İbrahim Efendi’s 1461 map of the Mediterranean • Henricus Martellus Germanus’ 1490 world map • Piri Reis’ 1513 world map…

Topic Overview The purpose of this topic is to engage students in analysis of the ways in which individuals and groups experienced the expansion and competition of empires in this period, and to examine how those individual experiences can shed light…

Module 4: Mediterranean Transformations in a Changing Global Context, 1450-1800 This period in history sees the expansion of European states into the Indian Ocean and across the Atlantic to the New World, and these enormous changes have tended to…

This lesson traces the origins and diffusion of three major developments and innovations, in transportation, metallurgy, and language, and describes how historians have explored the evidence of their development and movement beyond their origins.…

The lesson describes the so-called Mediterranean Diet, its history and significance in the modern era, and traces the history and geography of the foods and culture of which it is made, beginning with the defining role played by olive, date, grape,…

The lesson provides a brief overview of Mediterranean water circulation, currents, and wind systems. Maps help students relate factors affecting navigation on the sea to topography, weather conditions and physical processes in the sea. Students use…

This lesson provides an overview of the climate, flora and fauna of the Mediterranean region. It describes the two major seasons, the ways people have adapted to them, and how they make the region so desirable (and ecologically challenged today).…

This lesson provides the materials for creating an annotated classroom map of the Mediterranean and surrounding regions that is added to with study of OSPM Modules 1-6, which helps students become familiar with bodies of water and landforms and their…

This lesson describes the geologic history of the Mediterranean through study of animated video and maps.
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