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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...  (Institute of Museum and Library Services)
Cultures and History of the Americas features 50 highlights from rare books, maps, paintings, and artifacts. The exhibit explores pre-Columbian cultures of Central America and the Caribbean, encounters between Europeans...  (Library of Congress) provides lessons, teaching guides, best practices, and other resources for teaching history. See videos on "what is historical thinking," teaching history in elementary school, and...  (, supported by Department of Education)
Web de Anza is an interactive environment for studying Spain's exploration and colonization of "Alta California" (1774-1776). Diaries and letters (available in both English and Spanish), maps and...  (University of Oregon, supported by National Endowment for the Humanities)
History Matters is a gateway to web resources and threaded discussions for high school and college teachers of U.S. history survey courses. It presents first-person narratives about the experiences of...  (George Mason University, supported by National Endowment for the Humanities)
1492: An Ongoing Voyage examines the rich mix of societies coexisting in the New World before Europeans arrived. It looks at what was life like here before 1492; how Europeans, Africans, and Americans...  (Library of Congress)
The West is an online companion to the 8-part PBS documentary. The site is divided into sections dealing with an overall tour, events in the West, places, people, and archives...  (WETA, supported by National Endowment for the Humanities)
Vistas: Visual Culture in Spanish America, 1520-1820 examines colonial-era Spanish America -- a region that covered much of the Americas, extending from California to Chile from the 16th century to the early 19th century. Primary...  (Smith College, supported by National Endowment for the Humanities)
Exploration and Explorers looks at Europe's view of North America before and after Columbus, Martin Waldseemuller's 1507 map of the world, Diego Gutierrez's 1562 map of America, Spanish and Portuguese...  (Library of Congress)
Africans in America is an online companion to the four-part PBS series, covering the period 1450 to 1865. There are historical narratives, resource banks of images, documents, stories, biographies...  (WGBH, supported by National Endowment for the Humanities)
Waldseemüller's Map: World 1507 is a lesson designed around one of the world's most important maps. The first to use the name "America," this map resulted from an effort to document geographic discoveries of the late...  (Library of Congress)
Drake's West Indian Voyage 1588-1589 is a lesson investigating maps of a voyage by Sir Francis Drake that involved attacks on Spanish settlements off the coasts of Africa (Santiago), South America (Cartagena), and North...  (Library of Congress)
Tonto National Monument: Saving a National Treasure tells the story of the Salado people, who thrived in the Arizona valley where Tonto Creek joins the Salt River (1050-1450 AD). The Salado culture combined customs of several American...  (National Park Service, Teaching with Historic Places)
The Forts of Old San Juan: Guardians of the Caribbean provides a history of Puerto Rico and the forts Spain established on the island to help protect its growing population and riches in the Caribbean...  (National Park Service, Teaching with Historic Places)
Chaco Culture National Historical Park presents artifacts from the Chaco Canyon, an area of the Colorado Plateau occupied by Native Americans for over 10,000 years. Images of pottery, ceramics, beads, pendants...  (Museum Management, supported by National Park Service)
Humanities Exhibits Interactive examines topics such as border studies, Texas history and culture, ancient and contemporary world cultures, and our literary heritage. It includes annotated images, learning resources...  (Texas Humanities Council, supported by National Endowment for the Humanities)
The New Netherland Project is an effort to transcribe, translate, and publish all Dutch documents in New York repositories relating to the 17th century colony of New Netherland. One of the collection's...  (New York State Library, supported by National Endowment for the Humanities)
Parallel Histories: Spain, United States, and the American Frontier explores the history of Spanish expansion into North America, American expansion westward, and the meeting of the two frontiers. The site provides maps, texts, manuscripts, and prints...  (Library of Congress)
Jamestown Rediscovery Project presents the artifacts that have been discovered during excavations of 1607 Jamestown on Jamestown Island, Virginia. The website presents images and explanations of the artifacts found...  (Association for the Preservation of Virginia Antiquities, supported by National Endowment for the Humanities)
Kingston, New York: A National Register of Historic Places Travel Itinerary explores Kingston's over 300 years of history using 24 historic places that recall past eras when settlers and Native Americans warily shared its plains, proud Revolutionaries and...  (National Park Service, Teaching with Historic Places)
Gran Quivira: A Blending of Cultures in a Pueblo Indian Village can help students understand daily life and how it changed for the Pueblo Indians of Gran Quivira, the largest of the three Salinas pueblos located in central New Mexico...  (National Park Service, Teaching with Historic Places)
Effigy Mounds National Monument Teacher's Guide provides more than 40 lesson ideas developed by teachers to help students learn about Eastern Woodland Native Americans who lived in the upper Mississippi River valley (southwestern...  (National Park Service)
EarthWorks: Digital Explorations of the Ancient Ohio Valley covers the archeology of one of the largest concentrations of monumental earthen architecture in the world. Today, only a few isolated fragments of the mounds, enclosures, and roadways...  (University of Cincinnati, supported by National Endowment for the Humanities)

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