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When Worlds Collide

This PBS website looks at how the Old and New Worlds mixed after Columbus landed on Hispaniola in 1492. The 90-minute documentary and website trace milestone events during the 16th century and illustrates how both the New World and the Old were radically transformed by contact. The extensive resources for teachers and students include a timeline, scholarly essays and lesson plans.

 

U.S.–Mexican War

This PBS site tells the dramatic story of a war in which Mexico lost almost half of its national territory to the United States. This national Emmy Award-winning documentary series explores the events surrounding the conflict between two neighboring nations struggling for land, power and identity. NOTE: there is also a Spanish version.

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Contested Homelands

The 400th anniversary celebration of Santa Fe is a timely opportunity for teachers from around the country to study the complex history and culture of the area by investigating the historic sites of Santa Fe and surrounding Pueblos.

  • Launchpad: Bon Voyage! A Trip to Asia (6–12)

    Created October 19, 2010
  • The Road to Santa Fe: Interactive Map

    Created October 19, 2010
  • Asian-Pacific: Voyage of Manjiro

    Created October 19, 2010
  • Launchpad: Having Fun: The Economics of Leisure

    Created October 18, 2010
  • On the Home Front

    Created October 3, 2010
    On the Home Front: We Can Do It!

    Learning about World War II American efforts helps students gain some perspective regarding the U.S. response to the conflict generated by the September 11th terrorist attacks.

  • Having Fun in the 19th Century: Fall River Line

    Created September 30, 2010