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Columbus Day Learning Resources

Explore the world of the Vikings—the first European explorers of the Americas—in this digital exhibit from the Smithsonian Museum. [...] »

The Library of Congress describes "Columbus' Book of Privileges," a bound copy of the 36 documents Isabel and Fernando issued to Columbus and his descendants. [...] »

Charles Mann argues that the Americas had actually been heavily populated and developed before the arrival of Columbus. [...] »

This extensive database contains influential documents and literature spanning from 500BC to the 1800s. [...] »

One convenient source for major historical U.S. documents. [...] »

Enjoy this sneak peek at the Mellon Collection of Virginia history. [...] »

Explore cartography and the exploration of the North American continent. [...] »

Featuring a variety of secondary sources, this website chronicles the history of early American exploration. [...] »

Firsthand accounts of exploration range from Viking stories to early 19th-century trappers' journals. [...] »