These websites are about life in colonial North America, particularly the English colonies. Learn how colonists lived, explore original documents, and find out who lived in these regions before the English settled there. There are interactives, games, quizzes, videos, and more. Included are eThemes resources on the thirteen colonies as well as “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow” by Washington Irving.
PBS: Colonial House
Could you have survived in colonial America? This page has interactive activities, games, quizzes, and supplemental materials. Listen and watch interviews with participants in the Colonial House program, learn about different regions of the "New World," and more. NOTE: This site includes ads.
PBS: Unearthing Secret America
What happened at Jamestown colony? In this PBS broadcast, narrator Alan Alda examines new archeological evidence that gives insight into life in colonial America. Includes teaching guides, a quiz, and a video. NOTE: This site includes ads.
PBS: Africans in America
Learn more about the experiences of Africans in the English North American colonies.
Explore Jamestown colony on this interactive site. There are virtual panoramas, interactive and original maps, interviews, teaching materials, and more.
Plymouth Colony Archive Project
Here is a searchable collection of documents from Plymouth Colony, including maps, journals, court records, town plans, and research papers.
DoHistory: A Midwife's Tale
Explore the diary of colonial midwife Martha Ballard. You can view the original handwritten text or read transcripts, along with other historical documents. Learn how to do research using primary sources while piecing together the life of an ordinary person from the past.
Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head
Learn about the history and culture of the Wampanoag tribe, who have inhabited the land settled by English colonists for over 10,000 years.
Passamaquoddy and Penobscot of Maine
Read about the Passamaquoddy and Penobscot tribes, who were among the first Native Americans to have contact with Europeans.
French Colonial America
Here is a history of French colonial activity in North America, from Jacques Cartier's search for the Northwest Passage to the Louisiana Purchase.
Spanish Exploration and Conquest
This site contains extensive information about the Spanish exploration of North America, including the earliest settlements. There are numerous maps and illustrations. NOTE: This site includes ads.
Early Exploration and Settlement
When did Europeans first reach North America? and information about Norse settlements in the North Atlantic
eThemes Resource: Thirteen Colonies: Daily Life
These sites are about daily life in colonial period. Learn about the colonists' education, clothing, chores, and games. Includes online quizzes and some videos. There is a link to an eThemes Resource on the Thirteen Colonies and the Pilgrims.
eThemes Resource: Thirteen Colonies: Founding History
These sites are about the founding history of the first 13 colonies. Learn more about the history of each colony. Includes a link to an eThemes Resource on colonial daily life.
eThemes Resource: Literature: "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow" by Washington Irving
Read the complete text from Washington Irving's tale, "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow." Sites also include biographical information about the author, the town of Sleepy Hollow, and life in Colonial America. Includes an interactive vocabulary quiz, a play based on the story, and a virtual tour of Sleepy Hollow. Included are an eThemes Resource about the Middle Atlantic region where the story takes place, and one on colonial America.