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  • Resource Database / History / United States / 1400s through 1600s

    Resources: 16 listings
    Name and Description Nation Location
    1492 exhibit- Incursions in North America
      US - Southeast
    Incursions in North America The French, Spanish, Portuguese, and English arrived in North America in the 16th century, sporadically and in small numbers. Fishermen plied their trade off the Newfoundland coast from around 1500. Some Europeans hoped to find an alternative route to Asia (the Northwest Passage), wealthy civilizations, or precious metals, but few found what they sought. They did not however, confront an untamed wilderness but rather people who often lived in villages and towns. [(16th century) Library of Congress]
    More sites on sunsite.unc.edu
    Algonquian Placenames as Locational Markers
      US - Northeast
    Windham County, Connecticut, Algonquian Placenames as Locational Markers in Subsistence Rounds. Placenames for this project were collected from modern maps, placename references, and the locator file at the Office of the Connecticut State Archeologist.
    More sites on archnet.asu.edu
    American Colonist's Library - Primary Source Documents
      US - Northeast
    An invaluable collection of historical works which contributed to the formation of American politics, culture, and ideals. The following is a massive collection of the literature and documents which were most relevant to the colonists' lives in America. If it isn't here, it probably is not available online anywhere.
    Columbus and the Age of Discovery
      US - Northeast
    As our contribution to the 500th Anniversary of the Encounter of Two Worlds, the History Department and Academic Computing Services of Millersville University of Pennsylvania have created and installed a text retrieval system containing over 1000 text articles from various magazines, journals, newspapers, speeches, official calendars and other sources relating to various encounter themes.
    The inter-active journal of early American life.
    More sites on www.common-place.org
    Explorers and Settlers of North America
      US - Northeast
    Amerigo Vespucci: 1454-1512 | Sir Walter Raleigh | John White | Samuel de Champlain | John Smith | John Winthrop | John Josselyn | John Banister | Cotton Mather (February 12, 1662 to February 13, 1727) | Mark Catesby | John Clayton (1686-1773) | William Wood
    First Thanksgiving Proclamation - June 20, 1676
      US - Northeast
    posted by The University of Oklahoma Law Center
    "The Holy God having by a long and Continual Series of his Afflictive dispensations in and by the present Warr with the Heathen Natives of this land, written and brought to pass bitter things against his own Covenant people in this wilderness...."
    More sites on www.law.ou.edu
    Hassanamesit or “Place of the Small Stones,” Notes on the Indian Reservation at Hassanamesit or Hass
    Nipmuc US - Northeast
    Part I of a documentary summary of the history of the “Praying Indians” of the Nipmuc settlement at Hassanamesit, by a former Nipmuc tribal historian. It covers the period from the seventeenth century through the creation of Grafton, Massachusetts in 1728 from the reservation lands of the Nipmucs at Hassanamesit.
    More sites on www.geocities.com
    Illini Confederation: Lords of the Mississippi Valley
      US - Northeast
    When French explorers first journeyed down from Canada to the upper Mississippi Valley in the early Seventeenth Century, they found the region inhabited by a vigorous, populous Algonquin nation who called themselves "Hileni" or "Illiniwek" which means "men." (1). This the French rendered as "Illinois". Today most people know little about this once powerful confederation of tribes: the Peoria, Kaskaskia, Tamaroa, Cahokia, and Michigamea. The purpose of this web page is to provide an overview of the Illinois People which will hopefully stimulate the reader to further investigate the history of the Illinois people and their population decline.
    More sites on members.tripod.com
    Jamestown Settlement History
      US - Southeast
    1612: John Rolfe Tries A Tobacco Crop To Help Save The Desperately Struggling Jamestown Settlement. / Jamestown Timeline / Alternate, very fine Timeline by Nick Luccketti. at The Association for the / Preservation of Virginia Antiquities (APVA) site / History / Economics:and politics / The People / The Physical Site / The Present
    More sites on www.tobacco.org
    Native American Clashes with European Settlers
      US - Northeast
    West Virginia Archaeological Research Library - Emergence of Tribes By 1600, organized tribes such as the Delaware and Shawnee had moved into present-day West Virginia. In addition, the powerful Iroquois Confederacy began exerting its influence on the region. The Confederacy was an alliance of five Iroquois-speaking nations -- Mohawk, Oneida, Onondaga, Cayuga, and Seneca -- formed in present-day New York in the late 1500s. In 1722, the Tuscaroras joined the Iroquois Confederacy, which became known as the Six Nations. When Europeans first explored western Virginia in the late 1600s, they discovered few Native Americans. Historian Otis Rice suggests this absence was due to the Five Nations, "which sought domination of the Ohio Valley as part of their effort to control the fur trade with the Dutch, and later the British.
    More sites on www.wvculture.org
    Signatures of Connecticut Sachems
      US - Northeast
    Signatures of Connecticut sachems approximately dating between AD 1650 and 1725. Collected by De Forest from a variety of primary historic documents.
    More sites on archnet.asu.edu
    Spanish Conquest of Native America
      US - Southeast
    Spaniards explored America in the 1540's on trails that became our highways. Conquest Records describe Indian villages, attacked then diseased, along those trails. Pioneers settled those village clearings; our cities are built on them. This site serves as a detailed guide through Native America.
    Thanksgiving in American History
    Wampanoag US - Northeast
    Information and documents about the "First Thanksgiving"; maintained by Plimoth Plantation, a museum of 17th century Plymouth, Massachusetts
    More sites on www.plimoth.org
    The Real Pocahontas
    Powhatan US - Southeast
    Matoaka was the beautiful and lively daughter of Powhatan, ruler of the land that the English named Virginia. "Pocahontas" was her childhood nickname, loosely translated as "playful one" or "little wanton." Pocahontas may have helped saved the struggling Jamestown colony from extinction twice.
    This innocent worke
      US - Northeast
    Adam and Eve, John Smith, William Wood and the North American Plantations

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