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.
Printing: Renaissance and Reformation
This site from the University of South Carolina features images and descriptions of early texts -- some of which are over 400 years old. You can view the texts, which cover topics such as medicine, religion, science, and exploration, to see what early books were like and to learn more about the Renaissance and Reformation periods in Europe.
Leonardo da Vinci: Scientist, Inventor, Artist
Learn more about Leonardo the scientist, inventor, and artist at this extensive site. You can view images from a traveling exhibition on da Vinci, find information on his inventions and other work, and learn how his life and work fit into the Renaissance in Europe.
The Age of Exploration
The Mariners' Museum in Newport News, Virginia, provides an online exhibition of explorations from ancient times to Captain Cook's 1768 voyage to the South Pacific. You can find descriptions, images, maps, video clips, and a timeline that trace the paths and impacts of different explorations.
1492: An Ongoing Voyage
The Library of Congress has created an excellent cultural and historical
online exhibit in 1492: An Ongoing Voyage. The site includes information about
Columbus and informative profiles of the cultures in specific regions of the pre-Columbian Americas.
Discoverers' Web Homepage
The Discoverers' Web Home Page is an extensive and highly useful resource about discovery and
exploration, arranged by time period. It includes a vast array of Internet resources, including articles, biographies, map archives, and online exhibits dealing with journeys of discovery from pre-history to the twentieth century, and features explorers from around the world. This is a valuable site for those on the lookout for information about explorers and world exploration.
Captain Cook: Voyages of Discovery
From the Hunterian Museum at the University of Glasgow comes this wonderful site on the voyages and explorations of Captain James Cook. The site includes interactive maps of Cook's voyages, brief descriptions of each place he visited, and images of artifacts collected by his expedition.