I've done quite a few Context seminars and this was one of my favorites. Ian Sumpter brought the story of the race to India in a way my history classes never did.
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Excellent as always. Have been interested in early exploration especially with Portuguese being such important contributors.
I really liked the introduction to the era, what was going on in Europe that helped drive the explorers.
Thought this sounded interesting but wow! Knew names of de Gama, Henry the Navigator..but what exactly did they do? Well Ian told us exactly what each did. What and where was the line created splitting up the world between Spain and Portugal...and why the line later shifted to include Brazil...very detailed explanation given by Ian. Best of all- Ian showed us on a map how the explorers sailed and where they went, sailed around the Cape of Good Hope. And explained the oceans currents and how they affected the routes taken by explorers. And I learned that not all maps were oriented towards the north in the early days...for this and more you’ll have to take the course!