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The Spice World During the Age of Exploration

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Grade Level: K - 12th

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Duration: 45 minutes

Students will discover an era when cartographers were mapping the world and explorers were discovering new landmasses. Museum educators will lead discussions on the economic and cultural life of the Old World, the profitable spice trade, European efforts to chart a sea route to Asia, and other factors that accelerated European interest in exploration. Teachers will be provided spice packets before the program. Students will examine the various spices while the Museum educator discusses their importance. Students will also examine early navigational instruments used by the Europeans during the Golden Age of Sail. Visit our Ages of Exploration website to learn more about early exploration.

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Learning Objectives

Students will: 

  • Better understand the economic motivations for European exploration.
  • Practice examining the cultural exchanges that took place between the Old and New Worlds.

History (VDOE 2023):

  • WHIIabf, WHII.3


Payment can be made before the program, or we can invoice following your program.

  • Programs at the Museum are $4.50 per student.
    All adults accompanying a field trip are free.
  • Programs at your location are $4.50 per student.
  • Virtual education programs are $125 per program.

Reservations are required for all programs and are booked on a first-come, first-served basis. Programs fill quickly in the fall and spring, so make your reservations a minimum of two weeks in advance.

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