Field Elementary School

5_Explorers

General Information

 

Encyclopedia Brittanica
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Grolier Encyclopedia
http://go.grolier.com:80/
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Age of Exploration - The Mariner's Museum
http://www.marinersmuseum.org/education/age-exploration
Brief biography of many explorers. 

 

Specific Explorers

 

Vasco de Balboa
The Explorers: Spanish Exploration
http://videos.howstuffworks.com/hsw/25992-the-explorers-spanish-exploration-video.htm
Brief video clip summarizing the relationship of early Spanish explorers.
 
Jacques Cartier
Empire of the Bay: Jacques Cartier
http://www.pbs.org/empireofthebay/profiles/cartier.html
Explorers and businessmen of the Hudson Bay Company
 
Online Exhibit of the Virtual Museum of New France: Canadian Museum of Civilization
http://www.civilization.ca/cmc/explore/virtual-museum-of-new-france/the-explorers/jacques-cartier2
Paintings and maps depicting Cartier’s exploration of Canada.
 
Christopher Columbus
Did the Chinese Beat Christopher Columbus to America?
http://history.howstuffworks.com/european-history/chinese-beat-columbus.htm
What do you think? Who reached America first? Great picture file.
 
Video Clips of Columbus’ Voyages
 
 
 
Summary of Columbus’s expedition to search for spices.
 
Francisco Coronado
Coronado National Memorial
http://www.nps.gov/coro/historyculture/parkmission.htm
National park commemorating Coronado’s explorations
 
Francisco Vasquez De Coronado
http://history.howstuffworks.com/north-american-history/francisco-vasquez-de-coronado.htm
Brief summary and map of Coronado’s exploration in the United States.
 
PBS: The West - Francisco Coronado
http://www.pbs.org/weta/thewest/people/a_c/coronado.htm
Information from a PBS Documentary that contrasted the gain versus the human price of discovery and exploration.

Hernado Cortez(s)
The Conquistidors: Hernando Cortes
http://www.pbs.org/conquistadors/cortes/cortes_flat.html
The quest for gold and land that created the modern world.
 
Hernando Cortez
http://history.howstuffworks.com/european-history/hernando-cortez.htm
Brief summary of Cortez’s colonization of the New World.
 
Bartolomeu Dias
Age of Exploration: World in 1400
http://videos.howstuffworks.com/hsw/5733-age-of-exploration-world-in-1400-video.htm
Brief video clip of geography and the early explorers
 
 
Vasco da Gama
Exploring the World: Vasco da Gama
http://videos.howstuffworks.com/hsw/5665-exploring-the-world-vasco-de-gama-video.htm
Brief video clip summarizing da Gama’s voyage to Asia.
 
 
Henry Hudson
Empire of the Bay: Henry Hudson
http://www.pbs.org/empireofthebay/profiles/hudson.html
Explorers and businessmen of the Hudson Bay Company
 
Henry Hudson
http://history.howstuffworks.com/north-american-history/henry-hudson.htm#
Brief summary of Hudson’s exploration of North America.
 
The Life and Voyages of Henry Hudson
http://www.ianchadwick.com/hudson/
Extensive biography of Henry Hudson.
 
Ferdinand Magellan
Age of Exploration: Voyage around the World
http://videos.howstuffworks.com/hsw/5743-age-of-exploration-voyage-around-world-video.htm
Brief video clip summarizing Magellan’s voyage around the world.
 
Ferdinand Magellan: The First to Go around the World?
http://www.nmm.ac.uk/magellan
Q’s and A’s about Magellan’s travels.
 
Francisco Pizarro
The Conquistidors: Francisco Pizarro
http://www.pbs.org/conquistadors/pizarro/pizarro_flat.html
The quest for gold and land that created the modern gold.
 
The Explorers: Conquest of the Incas
http://videos.howstuffworks.com/hsw/25993-the-explorers-conquest-of-the-inca-video.htm
Brief video clip summarizing Pizarro and the Conquistadors conquest of the Incas.
 
Pizarro and the Incas
http://history.howstuffworks.com/south-american-history/conquistador-incan-empire3.htm
Brief overview of the demise of the Inca civilization.
 
Juan Ponce de Leon
 
Ponce de Leon: Florida’s First Spanish Explorer
http://fcit.usf.edu/Florida/lessons/de_leon/de_leon1.htm
Brief biography written for students.
 
Hernando de Soto
Hernando de Soto
http://history.howstuffworks.com/north-american-history/hernando-de-soto.htm
Brief summary of de Soto’s exploration of the United States.
 
Hernando de Soto Arrives and Explores Florida
http://fcit.usf.edu/Florida/lessons/de_soto/de_soto1.htm
Brief summary written for kids.
 
Hernando de Soto Trails Through North America
http://s64624.gridserver.com/currentsite/de_soto.htm
Extensive research on the travels of de Soto in the southern United States. Includes many illustrations and maps.
 
Amerigo Vespucci
The Age of Discovery: The New World
http://videos.howstuffworks.com/hsw/27313-the-age-of-discovery-the-new-world-video.htm
Brief video clip summarizing the exploration of the New World.