35. New Kids on the Block (NKOTB)

35 Days. 840 Hours. 50,400 Minutes.

5 Weeks from this morning… You’ll be staring down the barrel of the AP World Exam. Just a heads up…

Today, we look at the business of European Maritime Reconnaissance.  That means Trading Companies.

4.3 State Consolidation and Imperial Expansion

After the Spanish and Portuguese split the world at the Treaty of Tordesillas, the colonial map of the world was set.  Well, it was set to them.  The British, Dutch (and to a lesser extent the French) saw the world as wide open.  They took their faster ships, better financing and took it around the world.  When the dust settles, the British are in India, the Dutch are in Oceania, and the French are… well… not really anywhere.


The British will build the largest empire in history during this era.  Bigger than the Persians.  Bigger than Napoleon.  Bigger than Hitler.  Way bigger.  Bigger than the Mongols.  Yeah, I said it.  Bigger than the Mongols.  Here’s the story of how the British took over..

The French are more of a Continental Europe power in this era.  I’m talking about Louis XIV and Versailles.  THE Centralized power of Europe.  But, this is all about Empire… And, the bulk of what will become the French Empire is taken in the next era… Just know that they did have one... Mainly Canada and some spots in Asia.  So, here’s my page on the French Empire.

The Dutch Empire is the peak of Dutch power in AP World History.  The Dutch East India Trading Company (VOC) is the biggest business in the history of the planet.  The Dutch countered the Spanish and Portuguese by leaving the missionaries at home and focusing on trade.  Here’s my page on the Dutch.

Posted on April 7, 2016 .