Internet Resources
  Unit 3: Settling the Land

You can visit the world of the Pilgrims at Plimoth Plantation, a living history museum in Plymouth, Massachusetts, that recreates the colonial village. This extensive site is filled with information about the historic colony. Select Plimoth Plantation to view the restoration and the Mayflower II, a copy of the original ship. Select Pilgrim Story to learn more about the Mayflower's voyage and the signing of the Mayflower Compact. Plymouth Colony provides detailed historical information about the community. Wampanoag Indians tells the story of the indigenous people who helped the Pilgrims survive.

Colonial Williamsburg
Step back in time to visit this reconstructed colonial village. Meet the people, see the historic places, and learn about daily life in the colonial community.

First Nations Histories
This site is a great resource for Native American history. A short description is provided for over 30 Native American nations, with links to much more detailed information and essays. A great site for student research.

Native American Website for Children
Brought to you by teachers at the Alvarado Elementary School in Union City, California, this is an interesting, accessible, and content-rich site geared specifically for young students. The site provides a well-organized and in-depth presentation of four Native American cultures in the U.S. (Cheyenne, Navajo, Kwakiutl, and Inuit) and expresses a sense of wonder and respect in learning about Native Americans through their land, animals, music, art, and literature. The site also includes extensive teacher resources, especially curriculum links and literature tie-ins.

California Mission Studies Association
This site includes a mission directory with information about California missions in alphabetical order, archaeological and preservation projects, an illustrated glossary of mission-related terms, and links to images.

The Oregon Trail
Check out this site full of facts and photographs on the Oregon Trail. You can visit over 20 historic sites along the trail, learn "Fantastic Facts," and read about famous explorers, buffalo hunts, camping, Native Americans, hardships, and more.

The National Cowboy Hall of Fame & Western Heritage Center
With this Internet site you can step back into the days when cowboys roamed the West . Take a Virtual Tour of this museum to learn more about cowboy history and the story of the American West. Be sure to visit the Children's Wing to find fun facts on cowboys' tools, food, language, jobs, and more.

Ellis Island
This site pays homage to Ellis Island and the millions of immigrants who were processed there. You can take a virtual tour of Ellis Island, find information on immigrants' experiences, and take a look at Ellis Island today.


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