A term under Themes for subject matter dealing with exploration and discovery, such as Columbus or Lewis & Clark
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Historic St. Augustine

Part of the University of Florida Digital collections, the NEH-funded Historic St. Augustine Collection contains primary sources including historic interpretation notes, architectural sketches, drawings, archaeological field reports, maps and photographs related to properties in the historic district.

  • Other Worlds: The Voyage of Columbus

    Created October 27, 2010
    Other Worlds: The Voyage of Columbus

    Meet the people whose encounter with Columbus led to the creation of a New World.

  • Early Multi-National Influences in the United States

    Created September 28, 2010
    Early Multi-National Influences in the United States: Civic Services Poster

    Students make connections between European voyages of discovery, colonial spheres of influence, and various aspects of American culture.

  • On This Day With Lewis and Clark

    Created September 28, 2010
    On This Day With Lewis and Clark: Lewis

    Looking at historic maps of the West, students can begin to appreciate the immensity and mystery of the mission Lewis and Clark accepted.

  • Mapping the Past

    Created September 28, 2010
    Mapping the Past: mapping_past

    Find out what ancient maps can tell us about the aspirations of those who made them.

  • Jamestown Changes

    Created September 28, 2010
    Jamestown Changes: Jamestown Letter

    Students study census data showing the names and occupations of early settlers of the English settlement at Jamestown, Virginia. (Archaeology, U.S. Colonial History)

  • What Was Columbus Thinking?

    Created September 27, 2010
    What Was Columbus Thinking?: Columbus

    Students read excerpts from Columbus's letters and journals, as well as recent considerations of his achievements in order to reflect on the motivations behind Columbus's explorations.

  • Marco Polo Takes A Trip

    A map of Marco Polo's route to and from China.

    During the Middle Ages, most people in Europe spent their entire lives in the village where they were born. But in the 13th century, a young Italian named Marco Polo traveled all the way to China! In this lesson, students will learn about the remarkable travels of Marco Polo.

  • Images of the New World

    Detail of an engraving by Theodor De Bry (printed 1590)

    How did the English picture the native peoples of America during the early phases of colonization of North America? This lesson plan will enable students to interact with written and visual accounts of this critical formative period at the end of the 16th century, when the English view of the New World was being formulated, with consequences that we are still seeing today.