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  • 1. The Tudors Learning Objective: To learn about Tudor exploration.
  • 2. The Tudor Navy
    • When Henry VIII came to power, England had only a small navy. During his reign Henry spent a great deal of money building up a large fleet to defend the kingdom.
    • Life at sea was risky and dangerous, but sailors could claim new land and bring back things like cotton, spices, silk and precious metals.
  • 3. Tudor Ships
    • The ships used in Tudor times were called galleons. These were very large ocean ships. They had a special deck for cannons. They were broad, slow and not very easy to move
    • around.
  • 4. Life On Board
    • Life on board a Tudor ship was very hard. The ships were dirty and often infested with mice.
    • The sailors had to sleep on deck and only had one set of clothes to wear.
    • Once on board, the sailors had to follow orders otherwise they were beaten!
  • 5. Life On Board
    • The main food on board was meat, salted to stop it going rotten, and hard dry biscuits. This was horrible to eat.
    • Due to the lack of fresh food, many sailors got a disease called scurvy.
    • In 20 years, around 10,000 sailors died of scurvy (More sailors were
    • killed by the food than
    • in sea battle!!!)
  • 6.
    • The Tudor period was a great age of exploration . Elizabeth I encouraged her sailors to search for new lands and treasures.
    • Most explorers wanted to get rich. They were looking for gold or valuable cargoes to bring back home to sell.
    • Others went to tell people in
    • distant lands about the Christian religion. These people were called missionaries .
    Tudor Explorers
  • 7.
    • There are many famous Explorers from the Tudor period.
    • We will be focusing on just two...
    Tudor Explorers Sir Walter Raleigh Sir Francis Drake and
  • 8.
    • In groups of 3, choose either
    • Sir Frances Drake or Sir Walter Raleigh
    • Find out as much as you can about them.
    • Include information such as where they travelled, what they found, when they began exploring etc.
    • Record your findings and
    • present your information
    • to the class.
    Your Task