Set sail with some of Europe’s most famous explorers, including Christopher Columbus, and witness how these early pioneers first viewed our fledgling country–long before it became the United States of America. For teachers, this “Learning Page” from the Library of Congress’s American Memory Project is filled with links to online exhibitions, photographs, historical documents, and related learning activities detailing the first impressions of America’s explorers, ranging from the maps of Diego Gutierrez in 1562 to the adventures of Lewis and Clark in early 1800s. Students also have a number of exploratory resources at their disposal, including access to an online series entitled “Jump Back in Time,” which asks young history buffs to consider what life was like during important days in the nation’s history. Read about Henry Hudson on the Hudson River, or learn about Ferdinand Magellan’s first westward crossing of the Pacific Ocean in 1520. In addition, the site contains a vast library of lesson plans, as well as access to a live chat room where students can discuss their findings and interests with teachers and peers from around the globe–perhaps becoming explorers in their own right.

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