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Famous People: Explorers of North America

Learn about the European explorers of North America and view maps of the routes they took. There are biographies for many famous explorers, including John Cabot, Marco Polo, Francisco Vazquez de Coronado, Ponce de Leon, Juan Bautista de Anza, and more. Includes links to eThemes Resources on French explorers, Columbus Day, Lewis and Clark, Vikings, and Explorers II.


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This site has biographies of famous explorers who journeyed to North and Central America. Includes maps of their routes.
This site has information about the voyage of Juan Bautista de Anza, the first European to establish an overland route from Mexico to the Pacific coast of California. Includes a map detailing Anza's route and links to information about the peoples and cultures he encountered. NOTE: The site includes a link to a message board. NOTE: This site also includes banner and other types of ads.
This is a biography of Coronado and his explorations. Includes a portrait of Coronado.
This page about Spanish explorer Coronado includes portraits of him and a map of his route from Mexico to Kansas.
Learn about the life and explorations of Alvar Nunez Cabezo de Vaca. Click on "Route" for a detailed map of his journey. Click on "Account" to read a translation of his journals.
Here is information on the history of exploration.
This exhibit contains images of primary source document maps used in exploration. Click on "Subject Index" and then "America" for a list of maps that are available. Most maps have enlarged views.
This site has information about European explorers who decided to cross the Atlantic Ocean. Read about the possibility that Irish monk being explorers. There is also information about Italian John Cabot and navigation methods. NOTE: This site includes a moderated guestbook.
These sites have biographies of French explorers and traders, plus information about French settlements in Missouri and other states along the Mississippi. Includes locations of the first French settlements and descriptions of some arts and crafts. Includes an interactive story and a video about the history of Ste. Genevieve, Missouri.
earn about explorer Christopher Columbus and his four voyages to the New World. Find out what group of people discovered this land before him. Includes biographies, timelines, maps, and information about the Nina, Pinta, and Santa Maria. There are also craft and activity ideas for celebrating this holiday.
Learn about Corps of Discovery led by Lewis and Clark and their journey that began in Missouri. View the Louisiana Purchase and other documents from that time period. Includes two eMINTS WebQuests on Lewis and Clark as well as a video from the Finding Missouri: Our History and Heritage series.
These sites are about Vikings, including their history, voyages, and ships. Take an interactive tour of a Viking village, try the interactive Viking voyage, and learn how to write your name using Viking symbols. Includes lesson plans and activity ideas. Also includes information about the Viking discovery of North America.
These sites are about the explorers: Juan Ponce de Leon, Pedro Menendez de Aviles, Jacques Cartier, Samuel de Champlain, John Smith, and Christopher Newport. Includes information on the cities of Quebec, St. Augustine, and Jamestown. There are informational websites, an audio podcast, worksheets, interactive maps, an interactive site about the journeys of John Smith which includes games, student created websites, a teacher's guide, and more. Includes links to the eThemes Resources: Explorers I and Famous People: Pocahontas.

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