1846: Portrait of the Nation
"On August 10, 1846, the act establishing the Smithsonian Institution was passed by
Congress and immediately signed into law by President James K. Polk. In commemoration of
the 150th anniversary of that event, this exhibition looks back at the America of
The Digital Scriptorium, Special
Collections Library, Duke University
Professor Peter Wood's Native American History class (HST 119). Topics include: A Nation
Apart: The Cherokee Nation in Indian Territory 1839-1907, Education of Native Americans:
Hampton Institute 1878-1923, Settling Amongst the Indians in Texas, The Dakota (Sioux)
War: A Closer Look at the Conflict, Christianity and the Indians: Protestant Missions to
the Native Peoples of North America, Native American Education: Documents from the 19th
Century, The T.S. Jessup Papers: Multiple Perspectives During the Second Seminole War,
Native American Photographs from the Jackson Collection and the Myth of the Vanishing
Welcome to the Mayflower Web Pages!
Showing "... full texts of early Plymouth writings, from Mourt's Relation (1621), Of
Plymouth Plantation (1630), Good News from New England (1624), Hypocricie Unmasked (1646),
New England's Salamander (1647), many 17th century Pilgrim letters, and other contemporary
documents. There are links to every Mayflower passenger--even those which do not have
descendants, providing what biographical information is known about them. There are
sections about the girls and women who came on the Mayflower, the clothing worn by
Pilgrims, the history of the ship Mayflower, the history of the Thanksgiving holiday,
among many other sections."
Millersville University-Columbus and the
Age of Discovery
Features "...a text retrieval system containing over 1100 text articles from various
magazines, journals, newspapers, speeches, official calendars and other sources relating
to various encounter themes." Titles are grouped alphabetically and the full text is
AC/History 373 -
Survey course page on the history of the American West. The Syllabus lists web sites by
topic and week according to the lecture schedule.
American History, Page 1, Spanish Conquest of Native America
Links to: The Conquest of America, The Cherokee People of the Mountains, Spanish
Conquistadors in North America, De Soto's Trail Thru Florida - Part 1, Part 2 (Most Maps)
and Part 3, DeSoto's Trail Thru The Southeast - Part 1, Part 2 and Part 3 + Map, The Final
Report of the Official Commission, Calendar of De Soto's Lunar Activity + Map, Future
Articles about DeSoto's Trail + Links.
Historic Atlas Resource - North America
Maps on the Territorial Expansion of the United States 1783-1898 and 1783-1853, United
States after the Treaty of Paris : 1783, Native American Tribes, European Possessions
Bordering the U.S., Louisiana Purchase : 1800-1803, Journeys of Lewis & Clark :
1804-1806, Jackson's Campaigns in Florida : 1818, Territory ceded by Spain : from 1810 to
1819, Texas : 1836, Oregon Country : 1843-1848, The War with Mexico: 1823-1846, Mexican
Cession: Political Boundaries, Gadsden Purchase & Proposed Rail Routes : 1853, Alaska
and Hawaii, Slavery Through 1860, Status of Slavery in Original 13 States, Cotton
Production in the American South: 1790-1860, Slavery in the American South: 1790-1860,
Slave Crops in the American South:, Legal Status of Slavery Through 1860, The Missouri
Compromise : 1820, Compromise of 1850 : Status of Slavery, Kansas-Nebraska Act : 1854.
Exhibit on women homesteaders in North Dakota. Then and Now (photo-essay), Jessamine
Slaughter Burgum's diary of frontier life, telling the story of the land from 1863
through 1877. Pioneer Camera -- Fred Hultstrand captured the hard work and everyday
courage of the pioneers.
The American Experience/Gold Fever
Companion site for the PBS program. ABOUT THE PROGRAM | GREETINGS FROM THE KLONDIKE --
WHAT THEY BROUGHT ALONG | A brief teachers guide is currently online.
The Old Timer's Page
The Ice House, Potting Meat, Salt Curing Meat Yeast Cultures for Bread Making, Making
Bread in a wood burning oven, Making Butter, Soap Making, Building a Cistern, Building a
Root Cellar, The Out House, Just for Fun - The Homestead House - Getting Electricity -
Polly Cooper Shawl - Oneida Indian Nation
The suffering of George Washington's sick and starving army wintering at Valley Forge was
relieved by an Oneida gift of corn organized by Chief Skenandoah. An Oneida woman, Polly
Cooper, stayed to help the soldiers and to teach them how to prepare the nutritional and
A Bibliography of Web Resources on the History of the American West through the 1800's.
Crossing The Frontier
Includes more than 300 images of the American West dating from 1849 to the present
including Westward migration and the colliding of cultures in the American West, the
growth of Western cities, the history of science and technology in the U.S., the Gold
New Perspectives on THE WEST
Features a "Tour" of THE WEST (Multimedia guide to the eight-part documentary
series), an interactive timeline (events from pre-Columbian times to the early twentieth
century), an interactive map, a biographical dictionary of historical figures, primary
resource materials (memoirs, journals, letters, photos and transcripts) and links to off
resources. After browsing the site and viewing the series, PBS provides a test,
puzzlers and an opportunity to comment via e-mail.
American Western Art
Visit the Western art gallery for a video of the American Western art collection at the
Rockwell Museum and see and hear how stories of the old west come alive.
Chickasaw Historical Research Page
Letters, treaties, diaries from the late 18th century on... An outstanding online
collection of primary resource materials, much of it suited to K-12 applications. In a
recent revisit (2/98) I clicked on A list of witnesses to be summoned in the case of the
Choctaw Nation vs. John T. Pitchlynn, charged with the murder of Littleton Henderson Love.
The basic information and testimony of the witnesses is online and could be used for
historical simulations and one-act plays.
Women in America
Descriptions of gender roles and women's lives by foreign travelers in the US from the
1820s through 1840s. From the Democracy
In America site, which should be on your top shelf list to visit.
Yellowstone Western Heritage Center
The Spirit Lives: American Indian Traditions of the Yellowstone Valley. Information about
the Crow and Cheyenne tribes of Montana targeted for the fourth grade level of study.
"The site may serve as an introduction to American Indian culture, or it can be used
as 17 separate units of study. Traveling through this site, the student can engage in
creative, divergent and inductive thinking while learning historical facts about American
de Saisset Museum and Art Gallery
Interesting current exhibit (through March 26, 1997) -- First Californians, by
Edward Curtis. UPCOMING EXHIBITIONS -- Vision Quest: Men, Women and Sacred Sites of the
Sioux Nation and Native American Stereotypes. Much later in 1997, Landscapes
for the Homeless, The Heart Mountain Story: Photographs by Hansel Mieth and Otto
Hagel of the World War II Internment of Japanese Americans.
Hair Pipes in Plains Indian Adornment
"A Study in Indian and White Ingenuity." A great site to showcase the
connections between Archaeology and American history. A current publication of the
Smithsonian Institution Libraries' Home Page below.
Assignment Discovery page for the past series. Useful information and activities, even if
you do not have the classroom tapes.
Mesas and Mammoths
"How can a few spear points and other faint traces of the past tell the story of a
people who lived nearly 12,000 years ago? A recent discovery on the remote northern slopes
of Alaska shows how scientists, working much like detectives at the scene of a crime,
study such scant clues to piece together the tale of America's first settlers. It also
highlights the essential role of scientists in writing the earliest chapters of America's
Exploring the West
from Monticello: Home
Maps from Columbus to Lewis and Clark. "...Examines the planning of the Lewis and
Clark Expedition and the cartographic tradition that made the expedition possible. The
exhibition shows the evolving views of the American continent and the "Passage to the
Indies" as they appear in maps up to the Lewis and Clark Expedition. It focuses
especially on the earliest cartographic representations of America and the Northwest
Passage, the results of early expeditions to the Mississippi basin in search of a route to
the Pacific Ocean, and the early exploration of the Pacific Northwest."
Slide type presentation (with large graphics) with some information. Good site for the
NEW PERSPECTIVES ON THE WEST
Companion site to PBS's eight-part series." ["Empire Upon the Trails
(1806-1848), The Speck of the Future (1848-1856), Death Runs Riot (1856-1868), The
Grandest Enterprise Under God (1868-1874), Fight No More Forever (1874-1877)]. Tour THE
WEST (Multimedia guide), Events in THE WEST (Interactive timeline from pre-Columbian times
to the 20th century), Places in THE WEST (Interactive map of the territory and the times),
People in THE WEST (Interactive biographical dictionary of historical figures), an Archive
of documentary materials (memoirs, journals, letters, photos and transcripts) and links to
Internet resources on the topic.
In Search of Tocqueville's Democracy in America
Six sections including: A Biography of Tocqueville, a Chronology of his life, Who's
Quoting Tocqueville, Tocqueville's American Journey, Quotes From "Democracy In
America" and The French Connection.
The Donner Party
Very comprehensive site, especially the listing of Other Donner Party Websites.
Land Record Reference
"How Land in the U.S. Was Acquired - Patents and Grants, Transferring Land - The
selling process, Deed Books - What's in 'em, Surveying Units and Terms - Poles and Chains,
Legal and Other Terms - From the common to the obscure, Two Types of Property
Descriptions, Anatomy of a Metes and Bounds Deed, Sources of Deed Information, How To Get
Copies of Land Records, Other Internet sites with Land Record Information."
Living History Farms
(Urbandale, Iowa) An open air museum dedicated to restoring the era of the Midwestern
The U.S.- Mexican War, 1846-1848
CONTENTS: Countdown to War, The War Breaks Out, The Occupation of New Mexico and the
Conquest of California, Taylor's Greatest Victory, Scott's Invasion, The Treaty of
Guadeloupe Hidalgo, Some Interesting Facts.
Pueblo Cultural Center
"Many centuries before European explorers found their way to the western hemisphere,
the Pueblo Indians of what is now New Mexico developed a distinctive and complex
civilization. .. Today, after suffering disruption by gold-seeking Europeans, alien Indian
tribes and Anglo-American westward expansion, the Pueblo people are settled in nineteen
communities, some of which have been continuously inhabited since long before the
discovery of America. After you browse this site, take a look at Mesa Verde
National Park and take a virtual tour of the Pueblo site.
Bill's Aboriginal Links
Links to Canadian, U.S., Mexican, Australian, New Zealand, International and Newsgroups.
Also included are links to Aboriginal Arts, Cultural, and Human Rights pages. Part of Bill
Henderson's Home Page.
"Art of the American Indian Frontier"
Created by Karen DeLeary and part of a series to produce Native cultural, historical, and
language materials on the Internet. Purpose: "... to stimulate the development of
culturally (sensitive & correct) relevant teaching/educational materials for Native
k-12, Native community colleges, Native Studies, Native communities, and the general
population of the World Wide Web."
The Cherokee's Homepage
Wow!! The opening graphic is well worth the visit. Also includes links to Who and what are
the Cherokee, Native American Indian art resources, history and nature pages.
Canoe Heritage Association
Devoted to preserving, studying, building,restoring and using wood canvas, cedar strip and
birch bark canoes, and to disseminating information about canoeing heritage in North