History Category

History – Intro

I am relating these periods iof history as a background to my antecedents

As an example  the Age of Discovery was from the 15th to the 18th Century Europe was a time of change

The Age of Discovery was characterised by colonisation, expansion and exploitation.

experienced great changes  in understanding  the world. It was at this time that explorers discovered the world was not flat through the first circumnavigation of the earth. The exploration was the desire to seek new lands, set up new trade routes and to expand the Christian religion.

This was a period shaped by globalisation and movement of people.  ancient trade routes and earlier first movement of peoples  out of Africa.

happened much earlier … the nomadic urge and the need to find better pastures

1500 – 1750

The Reformation – when millions of people rejected the Roman Catholic Church and turned to ProtestantChurches – was one of the key changes in European history and it had a significant effect on migration to Britain. Europe became divided and there were violent religious wars.

In 1500 England was a Roman Catholic country. By 1750, after the turmoil of the 16th century Reformation and the 17th century civil wars, Britain was the leading Protestant power in Europe. Catholic Spain and France were its main enemies.

By the mid-18th century, British society was more accepting of different religious practices, partly thanks to immigration. Protestant and Jewish communities had their own places of worship and similar freedoms were being offered to Nonconformists and, eventually, Catholics

By the 15th Century however, the world became more globalised than ever before. Exploration led to the development of new trade routes and new understandings of distant lands outside of Europe.

The first printing press was a hugely significant step in creating an ever globalised society, allowing information to spread faster than ever before. The creation of trade routes to the West Indies and beyond led to the importation of exotic goods, such as spices. New sought after commodities arose, and connections across the globe helped form stronger nations across Europe.

Christopher Columbus, Ferdinand Magellan and Amerigo Vespucci were explorers par exc

Migrations at this time were not just driven by the desire to explore new lands, but also by religion and conflict.

Internally within Europe, many movements of people occurred between the 14th and 16th centuries as a result of religious strife.the ostracism of Jews from Spain in the late 1400s.

This era also saw a significant movement of Protestants from the Spanish Netherlands into the Dutch Republic.

By the 1600s, religion motivated the Spanish to expel the Moriscos, and the French to expel the Huguenots.

The movement of people as a result of the Ulster Plantations was intertwined with religion and politics. Politically, by placing Scottish populations into Northern Ireland, King James hoped to create a wider spread sense of loyalty to the crown Religiously, the Scottish people brought Protestantism into the largely Catholic region of Northern Ireland. Language, religion and genetics were changed as a result of this population movement.



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