The Renaissance By: Jackie rodriguez

Marco Polo and the Silk Road

RACES: The reopeaning of the Silk Road helped Spark the Renaissance. The Silk Road reopening helped spark the renaissance because many different products went from east to south, which they could use to make the art. In the text it says," The Polos saw many amazing things in China. For example, the Chinese used paper money in addition to the coins that the Europeans used"(Holt, 299). This sentence means that the Polos saw many different things that they could trade the emperor. The Europeans didn't believe Polos descriptions of these thing so they demanded gooods from Asia and increased trade. In conclusion, trade increased because Europeans didn't believe Marco Polos Descriptions.

This is Marco Polo

Italian Trade Cities - Florence

Races: The trading centers in Italy were important. These trading centers are Venice, Milan, Genoa, and Florence. They are important because they played two roles, one was poets on the Mediterranean Sea and the other was manufacturing centers. The ports on the Mediterranean Sea are Venice and Genoa. In the text it says" merchant ships brought spices and other luxuries from Asia into the cities harbors"(Holt 300). The main trade city was Florence. Florence was a banking and trade center. The cities wealthiest people gave there money to the city and that's how it's so wealthy. Most of the money went into education and art this is how the renaissance came.In conclusion, the trade cities are important because they support their city.

Medici Family

Baking increased wealth. The Medici were the greatest bankers and were the richest family. The Medici wanted Florence to be the most beautiful city and they valued education. Florence became the center of Italian art when the Medici held power.

Rediscovering the past(Greek and Roman)

Races: Greek and Romans shaped the development of the Renaissance. They did this by getting the ideas from the Greek and Romans. For example, in the text it says,"Figures were either clothed or nude" " Figures were nude or draped with togas"(Document2 1). I think this means that the renaissance got their idea from the classical art/age. In conclusion, the renaissance was shaped by the Greeks and Romans.

Leonardo Da Vinci

The article is about Leonardo da Vincis engineering masterpieces. It includes his flying machines. It also talks about his intelligence.

These are all of the creations that Leonardo da Vinci made. He actually was a really great engineer but no one thought of him as an engineer they thought of him as an artist.


This video is a short biography about Michelangelo in 3 minutes.

Paper and printing

These photos are pictures of the printing press that Johann Gutenberg made.

There was an impact that this put on literacy. The impact this had on literacy was that it made it easier for people to make more books.

Renaissance writing( William Shakespeare)

Races: William Shakespeare's writing reflected the ideas of humanism. He understood humanity, and he knew that every human being is important. In the text it says," The following passage reflects the Renaissance idea that each human being is important"(Holt 317). This means even in his plays he understood humanism. Shakespeare's writing attracted many people. They attracted many people because it was in vernacular/common language. In the text it says," London audiences of the late 1500s and early 1600s packed the theatre to see them"( Holt 317). This means that everybody loved his plays and books. In conclusion, everybody enjoyed Shakespeare's writing because he understood humanism.

"These violent delights have violent ends" - William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet


Created with images by meritxell-anfitrite - "Los viajes de Marco Polo" • dbking - "Peter Paul Reubens" • werner22brigitte - "mosaic artwork building" • Kingsway School - "open evening (17 of 57)" • Thomas Depenbusch - "Kazan, Tatarstan" • Couleur - "pretzels fritters baked goods" • irinaraquel - "Francesco Hayez - Romeo and Juliet" • ketrin1407 - "Joseph Severn (1793-1879) - Ariel - On the Bat's Wing I do Fly (1826) Victoria & Albert Museum, Feb 2014"

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