Pre-Contact through Colonial Period Links


Hernando DeSoto's Trail thru the Southeast
Maps are highlighted on this site covering DeSoto's adventures through Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Alabama.

Sir Francis Drake
This site includes a wide-range of topics relating to Drake's exploration of the New World by the author of an upcoming book on the topic.

European Voyages of Exploration
Created by the University of Calgary Department of History, this tutorial guides students to a better understanding of Spain's and Portugal's interest in the "New World."

Index of Native American Resources
A good gateway site for links to information on Native Americans.

1492: An Ongoing Voyage
Good example of an online exhibit about Columbus's voyage.

Columbus and the Age of Discovery
Includes more than 1100 text articles from various magazines, journals, newspapers, speeches, official calendars and other sources about the encounter.

The Columbus Landfall Homepage
This site presents the divergent theories about where Columbus first encountered the New World and includes a map.

Age of Exploration Timeline
3200 BC is the start date of this brief overview of exploration.

Aztec Account of the Conquest of Mexico
Brief text overview from Aztec accounts of the Spanish conquest of this portion of the New World.

Windows to the Unknown: Cabeza de Vaca's Journey to the Southwest
Brief overview of the importance of Cabeza de Vaca; includes multi-disciplinary information about the different interpretations of his 1555 text, Relación of Alvar Nuñez Cabeza de Vaca.

The Vikings
The site was designed to accompany a NOVA episode and includes a video exploring Viking villages and a clickable map of the Viking Diaspora.

The Columbus Navigation Homepage
Examines the history, navigation, and landfall of this explorer; includes good material about the debates surrounding this topic

Cultural Readings: Colonization & Print in the Americas
Topics covered include Promotion and Possession, Print and Native Cultures, and Colonial Fictions, Colonial Histories

13 Originals: Founding the American Colonies
Organized by colony, this site provides an overview of the founding of each colonies and supplies links for more information on each.

Religion and the Founding of the American Republic
This Library of Congress exhibition features primary source documents relating to "America as a Religious Refuge" and "Religion and the Federal Government" and other similar topics.

Colonial Hall: Biographies of America's Founding Fathers
This privately maintained sites highlights the lives of individuals important to the early history of the US.

Billing itself as "The Interactive Journal of Early American Life," this site includes an automated electronic discussion of its contents.

Colonial North America, 1492-1763
Developed by the University of Calgary Department of History, this site unveils the interaction between Europeans, Africans, and indigenous Americans in colonial North America.

Colonial North America (1492-1763)
This text-oriented site examines the "Indigenous Ways," "European Ways," and "African Ways" of colonial North America.

Archiving Early America: Historic Documents
Presented in their original format, documents from the nation's earliest periods illustrate to students what the early leaders were thinking. Includes privately held documents and an email discussion group.

George Washington's Mount Vernon
Highlighted by Quicktime VR and Real Audio slide shows, this site illustrates Washington's life as a farmer and serves as an excellent tool for students to explore the nation's early farming practices.

The American Colonist's Library
An excellent collection of innumerable links to primary sources.

Resource site of the discussion list for the Institute of Early American History and Culture, including syllabi and bibliographies.

Benjamin Franklin: Collected Works
Online text collection including several Poor Richard's Almanac.

The Salem Witch Museum
A good example of a museum that has put some of its resources on the web.

Salem Witch Trials Chronology
A concise summary of its topic.

Archiving Early America
Good topic site which includes "How to Read a 200 Year-old Document."

Colonial Albany Project
Pictures and descriptions of colonial Albany, New York, provide a good introduction to the topic; includes a good set of links.

Drums Along the Mohawk: the American Revolution on the New York Frontier
Brief overview of the progress of the American Revolution; includes tours of relevant sites and firsthand accounts.

Virtual Jamestown
QTVR Panorama views, timelines, primary sources, and current historiography about Jamestown highlight this site.

Virginia Colonial Records Project
One hundred libraries and archives were searched to provide this rich online database. Digitized images of survey reports highlight this collection.

Pilgrim Hall Museum
This site features an online tour of artifacts owned by Pilgrims.

Salem Witch Trials: Documentary Archive and Transcription Project
An electronic collection of documents related to the 1692 Salem Witch Trials and a new transcription of the court records.

Benjamin Franklin: A Documentary History
Arranged chronologically, this site has an easy-to-use search engine to navigate to specific information about Franklin.

Colonial Connecticut Records, 1636-1776
A searchable index of important primary sources about the colony's history; includes "guided pathways" for researchers