Examining Changing Borders within Europe, 2

Geography of the Crusades

Complete document for all three sessions of Examining Changing Borders within Europe. This is a large file and should be downloaded (right-click on link) and viewed in Adobe Reader.

Session 2: Investigating the Geography of the Crusades

In this learning activity students determine the general routes and the time span of the Crusades through the examination of maps depicting the routes of the Crusades over almost 200 years. As a supplemental activity primary sources from the Stanford History Education group’s World History Lessons are included to support the comparison of the accounts of the Crusader victory in capturing Jerusalem in 1099. The learning activity concludes with an evaluation of the success of the Crusades.

Key Questions

  • What areas were involved in the Crusades?
  • What areas did the Crusader states seek to control?
  • Where were the Crusader States?
  • What role did the Byzantine church play in the Crusades?
  • How did the Crusades affect the Byzantines?
  • How did the establishment of Crusader states influence the fall of Constantinople?

Note:The following files contain layered pdfs. In order to manipulate the map layers, you must download each file.


Lesson with attachments This is a large file and should be downloaded (right-click on link) and read in Adobe Reader.

Lesson without attachments


Additional Maps

All attachments

Using Layered Portable Document Files (pdfs)

WH1.12 Teacher Resources

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