Study Guides from Globe Trekker

Learners, check out our collection of Study Guides from Globe Trekker! We have guides covering a range of topics from history, geology and travel.

Study Guides from Globe Trekker

This is where you’ll find all our study guides to help you with your homework.  Topics include the American Civil War, The Trans-Atlantic slave trades, slavery in America, an in depth look at volcanoes and primates, a short history of tea including the Boston Tea Party, the causes of World War 1 and many more.

Click on each of the headings to discover our guides.

Remember that all our guides are accompanied by Globe Trekker shows, making learning that much easier!

What Caused World War 1?


There is still plenty of debate as to what actually caused World War I. In reality, so many factors contributed to one of the most costly and bloody battles of the early 20th Century. With the assassination of Austria-Hungary’s Archduke Franz Ferdinand in Sarajevo finally sparking is as definitive of a beginning as we’ll ever get.

The American Civil War

 The American Civil War, also known as the War Between the States fought from 1861 to 1865 in the United States after the slaves states(the South) and the free states(the North) disagreed  about whether slavery should be allowed in the new western territories. Seven southern slave states declared their secession and formed the Confederate States of America and turned on Abraham Lincoln’s message of anti-slavery.

A Short History of convict Australia


 This site is the number one resource for those who want to know more about Convict Australia, and the locations where Australian history actually happened. Containing facts, figures, and relevant footage from the documentary, it’s an educational experience.

The Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade


The Transatlantic slave trade (1501-1867), sold at least 12.5 million black Africans as slaves to work for white land-owners on the other side of the ocean. Of these 1.8 million died at sea. Many of the rest were worked to death within seven years in the sugar cane fields of Brazil and the Caribbean.

Galleons, Pirates and Treasure

Travel with us to Colombia, Panama, Florida, and The Bahamas, to learn about the galleons, hoarded of treasure, and Pirates of the Caribbean.

Colonial Australia – The Gold Rush and Ned Kelly

The Victorian gold rush was quite a significant part of Australia’s history, which began in 1851 when one of the earlier discoveries by Thomas Peters, a hut-keeper found fragments of gold near Specimen Gully.  After this monumental discovery, more gold was found in additional cities throughout Australia, including Ballarat, Beechworth, Bendigo, Stawell and Melbourne.  With the draw of gold, the population inevitably increased as well, with everyone wanting a piece of the pie.


Volcanoes have fascinated mankind for generations – their enormous beauty and destructive power revered in awe. They have been worshipped, immortalized in folklore and voraciously studied by geologist throughout the centuries.  Volcanoes have also contributed to an enormous amount of destruction of life from early records of primitive man fleeing from lava flows, or even further back in time when the Permian–Triassic extinction occurred 250 million years ago

Planet of the Apes

This Globe Trekker Special is all about our fellow primates – lemurs, monkeys, and apes. In Planet of The Apes, hosts Ian Wright, Megan McCormick, Justine Shapiro, Zoe Palmer, Holly Morris, Eils Nevitt, Nikki Grosse, and Zay Harding, travel across Africa, Asia and South America, visiting the last strongholds of many rare and endangered species.

Chinatowns of the world

We all love to visit our nearest Chinatown for culture, food and colour, but do you know about the origins of these precincts? This interesting episode takes the discerning traveller to the world’s major ports, exploring the cultural imprint the Chinese have made across the globe.

Route 66

U.S Route 66 is commonly known as few different names: from Will Rogers Highway, The Main Street of America to the Mother Road, each identifies the famous stretch of highway that extends from Chicago, Illinois through Santa Monica, California. Along the way, the route weaves its way through Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico and Arizona.

The Ottoman Empire

Often identified in the popular imagination of the West as only one step removed from the realm of the Anti-Christ, the Ottoman Empire was at the same time admired for its enlightened attitude towards peoples of other faiths, a place where Jews and Christians, both Catholic and Orthodox, could live side by side with Muslim Turks — they may not have liked each other especially, but at least under Ottoman rule, they weren’t slitting each other’s throats.

Wellington vs Napoleon

In 1814, it seemed that twenty five years of war in Europe was finally coming to an end with the surrender of the Emperor Napoleon and his banishment to the Mediterranean island of Elba.

The European powers began the task of restoring their continent to normality and peace. However, on 1st March 1815 Napoleon escaped from Elba and landed in France. Nineteen days later he was in Paris and resumed his title as Emperor. His army rallied to him. The soldiers who had been captured during the years of fighting had been released enabling Napoleon to reform his Grande Armée.

Short History of Tea

Ever wondered how for thousands of years the simple cup of tea has become the world’s most consumed beverage after water? In this informative and entertaining episode, we uncovers the history of tea – how the drink spread from China to capture the taste of the world.

Who were the Vikings

Often misconstrued in contemporary times as a culture of bloodthirsty yet noble savages, the Vikings’ historical legacy is in fact far more complex and important. A race originating from modern day Scandinavia, the Vikings expanded their influence throughout Europe through the implementation of their unparalleled seafaring abilities.

American War of Independence

This detailed Study Guide charts the The American Revolutionary War (1775–1783), which was the armed conflict between Great Britain and thirteen of its former North American colonies, which had declared themselves as independent United States of America.

The Nazis and the Holocaust

This study guide gives a broad overview of The Holocaust, also known as the Shoah, a genocide in which approximately six million Jews were killed by Adolf Hitler’s Nazi regime and its collaborators.

The Crusades

This study guide focuses on The Crusades, military campaigns endorsed by the Latin Roman Catholic Church during the High Middle Ages and Late Middle Ages. The Crusades were military campaigns endorsed by the Latin Roman Catholic Church during the High Middle Ages and Late Middle Ages. Pope Urban II declared the First Crusades with the intended goal of restoring Christian access to holy places in and around Jerusalem.

The Spanish Inquisition 

One of the darker periods of Spanish history is the Spanish Inquisition, which entrenched Spain for over 350 years. Also known as The Tribunal of the Holy Office of the Inquisition, it was created in 1478 by Catholic Monarchs, Ferdinand II of Aragon and Isabella I of Castile.

The Story of Chocolate

Our love affair with chocolate began at least 4,000 years ago in Mesoamerica, in present-day southern Mexico and Central America, where cacao grew wild. When the Olmecs unlocked the secret of how to eat this bitter seed, they launched an enduring phenomenon. Since then, people the world over have turned to chocolate to cure sickness, appease gods and show love. In fact, the making of chocolate has evolved into an industry so large that forty to fifty million people depend on cocoa for their livelihoods—and chocolate farmers produce 3.8 million tons of cocoa beans per year. This study guide takes you from the ancient civilizations who first devised methods to eat cacao beans through its journey to Spain, the colonial owned slave plantations and into the factories of Pennsylvania, Broc and Yorkshire.

Planet Food Chocolate Trailer from Pilot Productions on Vimeo.

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