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  • Mar 9, 1492

    "In 1492, Columbus sailed the ocean blue"

    "In 1492, Columbus sailed the ocean blue"
    VideoImproved ship technology and funding from Spain enabled Columbus to across the Atlantic. The voyages of Columbus initiated European exploration and colonization of the American continents.
  • Period: Mar 9, 1492 to


  • Mar 9, 1500

    Triangular Trade

    Triangular Trade
    VideoWith the colonization of the New World, global conections were created through trade between North America, the Cariibeans, Europe, and Africa. This globalization opened up new sources for cheap labor and cash crops.
  • Embargo Act

    Embargo Act
    VideoThe Embrgo Act was an american law restricting American ships from engaging in foreign trade between the years of 1807 and 1812. This Act restricted globalization since American merchants were not allowed to trade with Britain or France. It eventually led to the War of 1812 between the U.S. and Britain.
  • Telegraph

    VideoThe invention of the telegraph allowed global communication to take place- thus globalization occured. With this faster communication, trades deals and policies could be formed between nations. In 1844 Samuel Morse sent the first telegraph message "What hath God wrought?" from the Supreme Court chamber in the Capitol in Washington, D.C., to the B & O Railroad Depot in Baltimore, Maryland using a language called "Morse Code."
  • Potato Famine of Ireland

    Potato Famine of Ireland
    VideoWith this famine came, a signifiacnt food shortage occured along with an increase in poverty in Irekland. In response, many Irish fled to America where they, with other European immigrants, would becoem cheap sources for labor- especially in factories. This mass migration would contribute to globalization and America's "Melting Pot" society.
  • Mexican Cession

    Mexican Cession
    VideoThe United States acquired a mass amount of land after the Mexican-American War. The Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo ensured this land. Since most of the inhabitants of this land were native Mexicans, gaining this land contributed to globalization; different cultures are intergrating and communicating with one another.
  • Japan opens it's gates.

    Japan opens it's gates.
    ArticleWith the advent of better navigation technologies and stronger ships, Matthew Perry traveled to Japan to negotiate an open-door policy with the United States. Gaining Japan as a trading-partner would allow the US to increase it's global network.
  • Chinese Exclusion Act

    Chinese Exclusion Act
    VideoThe Chinese Exclusion Act reduced globalization becasue it banned immigration of the Chinese race to the United States. Therefore intergration of cultures and races was inhibited by this act. The act was created becasue poor white wage earners felt that the Chinese were consuming all of the available jobs. The United State's gates would not be reopened to the Chinese until 1943.
  • Open Door Policy

    Open Door Policy
    This policy allowed multiple foreign nations(France, Germany, the United Kingdom, Italy, Japan, and Russia) to access China, providing fair competition. It stated that no one owned full control of China and all were open to trade. This policy relates to globalization because it added new global connections, and it forced different nations to communicate & intergrate with one another. Trade relations were expanding and connecting.
  • Panama Canal

    Panama Canal
    VideoAlthough the canal was rather costly ($400 million), the canal would soon lead to the expansion of the global economy. It would increase trade since many ships would find it convienent to travel through the canal, and it would also lure new nations into stopping at the ports. Thus this canal directly contributed to globalization.