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U.S. History Topics » Famous People » Explorers

American Journeys

provides eyewitness accounts of North American exploration, from the Vikings in Canada (1000) to the diaries of mountain men (1800). Read the words of ship captains, fur traders, Indians, missionaries, and settlers as they lived through the founding moments of American history. Highlights include Christopher Columbus stepping ashore (1492), Indians' first resistance (1493), Pilgrims landing in Plymouth (1620), and Pocahontas rescuing John Smith (1607). (Institute of Museum and Library Services)

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Interesting Fact:

Renaissance explorers carried across the Atlantic preconceptions that affected both their perceptions and the texts they left to posterity. The things they noticed and the things they overlooked, what they understood and what baffled them, were all shaped by the languages and concepts they brought from home.
Portrait of Christopher Columbus

Christopher Columbus

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