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View Resource Exploring the Early Americas

The Jay I. Kislak Collection at the Library of Congress contains over 3000 rare maps, documents, paintings, and other artifacts that span hundreds of years. Recently, the Library of Congress created this very engaging online exhibition in order to provide the general public with access to a selection of these documents. As the site notes, the collection "provides insight into indigenous cultures,...

http://www.loc.gov/exhibits/exploring-the-early-americas/
View Resource Exploring the Early Americas

How do we understand the initial period of contact between Europeans and Native Americans? An effective way of doing so is through the study of artifacts, including handicrafts, maps, printed documents, and other materials. This online collection from the Library of Congress features selections from over 3,000 rare items that are part of the institution's Jay I. Kislak Collection, and has been...

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View Resource Columbus Letters

The letters of Christopher Columbus have fascinated historians and travelers for over half a millennia. This collection from the Princeton University Digital Library brings together four of the seven Latin editions and one German edition of his letters as published in the last decade of the 15th century. This site allows visitors to peruse a clutch of these fine volumes in their original...

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http://pudl.princeton.edu/collections/pudl0110