The Imaginary King Who Changed the Real World

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Lead by a letter circulating through Europe, early Portuguese explorers searched for the Fountain of Youth and the Tower of Babel in an area in Ethiopia ruled by an emperor called Prester John. Viewers learn more about the Portuguese role in the Age of Exploration in a short video about the mythic king.

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Instructional Ideas
  • Create a classroom wall map and trace the Crusades and trade routes followed at this time
Classroom Considerations
  • The resource includes the video, a "Dig Deeper" section that offers links to related materials, and a discussion section
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