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1.  The Renaissance occurred from the early 14th century to the late 16th century.

2.  The invention of the Gutenberg printing press in 1450 is a milestone which marks the 
beginning of the Renaissance. Ideas were able to be spread quicker and farther because 
of the printing press. It allowed communication to occur through all of Europe.

3.  The Renaissance was a time of great beauty and art.  Artists like Leonardo da Vinci and 
Michelangelo created greats works of art during this time.  Writers like William Shakespeare 
were producing their own masterpieces.

4.  It was also a time of creativity, imagination and curiosity.  The Renaissance was the age
of exploration.  The voyages of many great explorers like Columbus, Vespucci, Ponce de Leon,
Polo, De Soto and Balboa occurred  during the Renaissance.

5. The word 'renaissance' is a French word which means 'rebirth'. The people credited with
beginning the Renaissance were trying to recreate the classical models of Ancient Greek and Rome.

6.  The Renaissance was a time when Venice was the world's busiest seaport and Florence was the heart of great art.

7.  At the beginning of the Renaissance, Italy was the center of world culture. Genoa, Milan, Venice,
Rome, Verona and Florence were economic, trade and financial leaders for Europe.

8.  There were changes in thinking during Renaissance. New ideas in art, science, astronomy,
religion, literature, mathematics, philosophy, and politics were developed and advanced.

9.  The influence of the Renaissance impacted and shaped the future.  The changes that happened
led to a modern era.

10.  One of the institutions that began to decline was the Catholic Church.  
Religion was still important, however.  New religions and ways of thinking were being discussed. 

Martin Luther had broken away from the Catholic Church and was spreadinng the Protestant religion throughout



Fast Facts Resources
History of the Renaissance
Medieval and Renaissance History