Unit One: Horizons | United States History

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Chapter 1: Winds and Wilderness

Discovery and Rediscovery

  • Vinland—contains great pictures and information about Vinland; analyzes the Vinland map; focuses on Vikings, Columbus, and America
  • Introduction to 1492: An Ongoing Voyage—set up like an outline with links to each section; in connection with the Library of Congress; contains a few graphics
  • Age of Exploration—The Mariners' Museum Age of Exploration Online Curriculum Guide
  • History of the Reformation—Discusses the First and Second Reformations and the Covenanters in the British Isles, focus is on the English Reformation

In The Wilderness

  • Conquest of America by Hernando de Soto and Cabeza de Vaca—summaries of explorers and explorations; includes maps (some more helpful than others); some primary sources included
  • Francisco de Coronado- Archives of the West to 1806—letters by Coronado detailing his exploration; part of a PBS site on the West
  • Roanoke Colony—(The Shadowlands | Coastal Guide)—The Lost Colony that was vanished without a trace in the 1580s
  • Colonial North America: 1492-1763—covers first European contact with New World up to Seven Years' War; focuses on English, French, and Spanish colonial endeavors; topics are fairly lengthy; some pictures and maps
  • The Mariners' Museum—provides info on early exploration and settlement of the New World; low map quality; includes curriculum guide; pictures available
  • ushistory.org Front Page—focuses on colonial and Revolution-era America; information not too in-depth; easier to navigate through than several sites
  • The Cartographic Creation of New England—a great collection of early maps of the New England coast; provides some explanation for some of these maps
  • Native American Homes—Photos and descriptions of various Native American home styles, including longhouse, pit house, tipi, wigwam, and others.
  • Pueblo Indians—A National Park Service site featuring Pueblo history, government, etiquette, ceremonies, and map of locations.
  • Mound Builders—A National Park Service site featuring the history and a description of the Mississippi Mound Builders with links to each location, explanations of how the mounds were built, and steps being taken to preserve them.
  • Tuzigoot—A National Park Service site featuring information about Tuzigoot National Memorial and numerous photos and multimedia of the structures and the history of the Indians who lived there.
  • Mesa Verde—A National Park Service site featuring information about Mesa Verde National Park and numerous photos and multimedia of the structures and the history of the Indians who lived there.
  • Five Civilized Tribes—The site of the Five Civilized Tribes Museum with a special focus on the art, culture, and history of the Creeks, Choctaws, Chickasaws, Cherokees, and Seminoles.
  • Cahokia Mounds—Provides information about the Cahokia Mounds.

Chapter 2: Thirteen Colonies

New England

Middle Colonies

New Sweden

Southern Colonies

The Emerging American

  • Colonial House—American life in the colony time; interactive history; many things to discover

General Information

Perspectives: The Eastern Indians

Chapter 3: Colonial Life

  • NGA - John Singleton Copley—some biographical information; includes several paintings by Copley and information about each one; good-sized images
  • 1805 New England Primer Contents—several images of actual pages from a 1805 New England Primer; good-sized images
  • Ancestry.com— The most popular genealogy and family history site; website for "Family Tree" activity in Teacher's Edition; one of the best genealogical sites on the Internet; easy to use internal search engine; access to plenty of records, although more are available with paid membership
  • FamilySearch Internet Genealogy Service—genealogical records of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints; easy to use internal search engine
  • 1753 Poor Richard's Almanack Contents—images from a 1753 Poor Richard's Almanac; type is a little hard to read on pages
  • Mayflower History—good info on colonial life, interesting facts and diagrams such as the passenger list from the Mayflower and cutaway of the boat; well laid out and well managed; primary sources available
  • Colonial Williamsburg Foundation—history of Williamsburg; includes social history and current archaeological research; easy to navigate; many illustrations and pictures to aid learning; lesson plans; information on electronic field trips

Chapter 4: Religion in the American Colonies

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