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Chapter 3: Contact and European Explorations

The Internet contains a wealth of information, but it can be tricky to find what you need. Whether you are researching a specific topic, completing an activity, or simply curious to learn more, the links below can help you focus your search and save time.

Georgia Conquest Trails inset7.html
A detailed look at Hernando de Soto's route through Georgia with primary source, first-person accounts of explorers' experiences, including an encounter with a bear.

The Founding of New France: Jean Ribault pages/ h1147.html
A description of the 1562 expedition to North America by Jean Ribault and the French Huguenots.

Don Pedro Menendez de Aviles king/ pedro_menendez.shtml
Information from the city of St. Augustine about its founder, Spanish explorer Don Pedro Menendez de Aviles.

The Influence of Spice Trade on the Age of Discovery ~columbus/ papers/ strass-1.html
Academic paper arguing that spices were so important in the Middle Ages that they became a driving force in the age of discovery. Paper provides a brief history of the spice trade and its links to Portuguese and Spanish explorations.

Historic Maps maps/ maps.cfm#hist_maps
Digital History site listing maps of exploration from the 15th century through the American Civil War.

Clash of Cultures timu/ education_guide/ clash_cultures/ cc_background_info.htm
Timucuan Ecological and Historical Preserve site discussing 16th-century cultural interactions between the Timucua Indians, and the French and Spanish in northeast Florida. Includes definitions of key terms.

The Spanish Armada TUDarmada.htm
An in-depth account of the Spanish Armada's failed attack on England. Includes quotations from primary sources such as King Philip's remark to his Spanish sailors: "I sent you to fight with men, and not with the weather."

1492: An Ongoing Voyage expo/ 1492.exhibit/ Intro.html
Library of Congress exhibit on Christopher Columbus. Includes maps, myths, and primary sources.