Tudor Explorers
The Tudors discovered the potato.

Tudor Explorers

One of the eras looked at in KS2 history is that of the Tudors. This is the first of three quizzes on the topic and it concentrates on Tudor explorers who discovered new lands.

America was discovered at the very beginning of Tudor times. It was an era in which explorers went in search of new lands to settle and to trade with. Tudor exploration began in the 15th century and went on for over 200 years. During the reign of Elizabeth I, many sailors went in search of unknown lands and European knowledge of the rest of the world increased significantly. By the end of the Tudor period five of the seven continents had been discovered, though Australia was not found until the mid 1600s and Antarctica the early 1800s.

Find out what you know about the some of the Tudor explorers and what new things they found on their travels by playing this quiz.

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  1. Which of these plants was NOT discovered by the Tudors?
    Wheat had been known for thousands of years but tobacco, potatoes and sweet corn were not known outside of the Americas
  2. What was the name of the fabled City of Gold in South America?
    No such place ever existed but lots of explorers tried to find it
  3. What was the name of the disease suffered by sailors who did not get enough fresh fruit and vegetables?
    Scurvy is thought to have killed at least two million sailors between 1500 and 1800
  4. Who was Virginia named after?
    Elizabeth was known as the Virgin Queen as she never married
  5. What did the British take from West Africa and sell to the Spanish colonies in America?
    The slave trade went on from the 1500s to the 1800s
  6. Where did John Cabot discover in 1497?
    Newfoundland is now in Canada
  7. What was the name of the ship that Drake sailed around the world?
    The ship was originally called Pelican, but was renamed by Drake 1578, halfway through a voyage
  8. What was the name of the first English settlement in North America?
    The settlement was not successful and was abandoned - although nobody really knows what happened to the settlers
  9. In which year did Columbus discover America?
    Columbus was an Italian working for the King and Queen of Spain
  10. Who was the first British man to sail around the world?
    Drake completed his voyage around the world in 1580 but is more famous for his defeat of the Spanish armada in 1588

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