Lesson 17
Why Didn't China Discover the New World?

Students read about two unnamed explorers and the resources they used. Using a graphic organizer, they learn about the huge differences between the explorers' available resources and technology. Based on this information, students will predict which explorer would be most likely to "discover" the New World. Students are most likely to choose Explorer B, who is revealed to be Zheng He, a Chinese explorer. Students may be surprised, because Christopher Columbus is given credit for discovering the New World. The question posed: With all its technology and resources, why didn't China discover the New World?


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