Map Our Shared Past in the Mediterranean


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Topic Overview When we think of slavery in the period from 1450-1800, the story of trans-Atlantic slavery—the enslavement and forced migration of 12-15 million African people to labor in the plantations and mines of North and South America and the…

This lesson identifies for students the expanding trading networks across the Mediterranean during this period, highlighting their importance as centers of material as well as intellectual and technological exchange.

Students use primary sources in the form of texts and objects from excavations of Bronze Age sources from the second to the first millennium BCE—the Uluburun shipwreck, the port city of Ugarit, and a passages from the Hebrew Bible and other ancient…

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…
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