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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.
Who was Virginia named after?
Henry VII
Elizabeth I
Henry VIII
Anne Boleyn
Elizabeth was known as the Virgin Queen as she never married
2.
What was the name of the first English settlement in North America?
Plymouth
Jamestown
Roanoke
New York
The settlement was not successful and was abandoned - although nobody really knows what happened to the settlers
3.
What was the name of the ship that Drake sailed around the world?
The Marigold
The Elizabeth
The Golden Lion
The Golden Hind
The ship was originally called Pelican, but was renamed by Drake 1578, halfway through a voyage
4.
What was the name of the fabled City of Gold in South America?
El Dorado
Atlantis
Avalon
Brittia
No such place ever existed but lots of explorers tried to find it
5.
Who was the first British man to sail around the world?
Sir Francis Drake
Sir Walter Raleigh
Martin Frobisher
John Cabot
Drake completed his voyage around the world in 1580 but is more famous for his defeat of the Spanish Armada in 1588
6.
What did the British take from West Africa and sell to the Spanish colonies in America?
Cotton
Potatoes
Slaves
Spices
The slave trade went on from the 1500s to the 1800s
7.
Where did John Cabot discover in 1497?
Newfoundland
New York
South America
New England
Newfoundland is now in Canada
8.
Which of these plants was NOT discovered by the Tudors?
Tobacco
Potato
Wheat
Sweet corn
Wheat had been known for thousands of years but tobacco, potatoes and sweet corn were not known outside of the Americas
9.
In which year did Columbus discover America?
1392
1492
1592
1692
Columbus was an Italian working for the King and Queen of Spain
10.
What was the name of the disease suffered by sailors who did not get enough fresh fruit and vegetables?
Measles
Typhoid
Scurvy
Chicken Pox
Scurvy is thought to have killed at least two million sailors between 1500 and 1800

 

Author:  Amanda Swift

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