This month we provide a sample of the many excellent Web sites available for
students interested in exploration.
Exploration Through the Ages, from the Mariners' Museum, provides materials for teachers and students of grades 5 to 12 on exploration from ancient times through 1768. The Library of Congress Exploration and Explorers Learning Page supplies links to many L.O.C. resources on explorers.
Wayfinders: A Pacific Odyssey features information about early Polynesian explorers such as Kupe, Hotu Matu’a, and Mo’ikeha. Play the Wayfarer's Game to learn about ancient Polynesian navigation techniques.
The Vikings from PBS Nova explores the Vikings, a Viking Village, Secrets of Norse Ships and features a clickable map of the Norse diaspora.
Take an journey In the Footsteps of Marco Polo with the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Read an extended biography, then click places on the map to see works of art or hear excerpts from Marco Polo's diary.
Marco Polo and His Travels describes the life and times of Marco Polo, who traveled through Asia in the late 13th century.
On the Road with Marco Polo is a lesson plan for grades 3-5 from the National Endowment for the Humanities EdSITEment collection. The site includes an interactive map quiz.
Ibn Battuta traveled throughout Asia and Africa from 1325-1354, and is the only medieval traveler known to have visited the lands of every Muslim ruler of his time.
The European Voyages of Exploration from the University of Calgary focuses on Portuguese and Spanish explorers of the 15th and 16th centuries.
Latitude: Early European Exploration from the Huntington Library focuses on the science of navigation for the 15th- and 16th-century explorers.
The Columbus Navigation Home Page contains lots of information about Christopher Columbus and his voyages.
1492: An Ongoing Voyage, from the Library of Congress, features information about Columbus and other European explorers from 1492 to 1600.
The Library of Congress presents The Krauss Collection of Sir Francis Drake, a rich collection of primary source materials including 16 manuscripts, 29 books, 8 maps and views, and 7 medals and portraits. The materials range in date from 1579 to 1765 and are written in English, Spanish, Latin, Italian, German, French, and Dutch. The site also features a timeline of Drake's life and accomplishments.
Passageways: True Tales of Adventure for Young Explorers tells the stories of explorers of northern North America. This site from the from the Library and Archives of Canada was designed for 9-12 year olds; a companion site for students 14 and over is Pathfinders and Passageways.
Early French Explorers from the Virtual Museum of New France provides biographies of 16th- and 17th-century explorers such as Jacques Cartier, Samuel de Champlain, Jean Nicolet, and Louis Jolliet.
France in America /France en Amérique is a bilingual digital library made available by the Library of Congress in partnership with the Bibliothèque Nationale de France. This exhibit explores the history of the French presence in North America from the first decades of the 16th century to the end of the 19th century.
Samuel de Champlain's 1607 Map of the New England and Canadian coasts is featured on the Library of Congress Web site.
New France, New Horizons is an online exhibit from the Library and Archives of Canada. It covers French explorers of North America from the first voyages of discovery, to the end of the French Regime.
The Texas State Historical Society provides a biography of Estevanico, a 16th-century African former slave and explorer who was also called Stephen the Black.
Web de Anza provides multimedia and primary source materials on the Spanish exploration of California by Juan Bautista De Anza from 1774 to 1776.
Search for the Northwest Passage from Great Britain's National Maritime Museum tells about explorers who searched the Arctic for a North-West Passage between the Atlantic and the Pacific, such as Henry Hudson, William Baffin, Roald Amundsen and others.
Of Maps and Men: In pursuit of a Northwest Passage from the Princeton University Library provides historical maps and accounts of many explorers.
Captain Cook: Voyages of Discovery, from the University of Glasgow, provides maps and information about the Pacific voyages of James Cook from 1768 to 1780.
James Cook, from the Mariners' Museum, features artwork, maps, and text describing the Pacific voyages of Captain James Cook from 1768 to 1769.
The Three Voyages of Captain Cook, from the BBC Radio Web site, contains audio files and a biography. Additional information is available at another BBC site, This Sceptered Isle.
Lewis and Clark: Maps of Exploration from the University of Virginia Library discusses exploration of the New World from the 1500s through the 1800s.
The Journals of Lewis and Clark are provided by the University of Virginia hypertext project.
Lewis and Clark, from PBS, includes information about all members of the Corps of Discovery that made the famous voyage west, as well as an 1803-1838 timeline of events.
Go West Across America with Lewis and Clark is an interactive adventure for primary students from the National Geographic Society.
Sacagawea, from PBS, provides a biography of the Shoshone woman who acted as guide and interpreter for the Lewis and Clark expedition, as well as the opinions of several historians about the differing stories about Sacajawea.
Sacagawea, from the U.S. Mint, supplies information about Sacagawe's life and discusses why she was chosen to be on the gold dollar coin.
Discoverers and Explorers of the Oregon Trail provides information about many of the early explorers of the western U.S.
This page about David Livingstone from the BBC provides information about this explorer of Africa from 1840 to 1873.
Lost in the Grand Canyon, from the PBS series The American Experience, tells about John Wesley Powell’s first exploration of the Grand Canyon in 1869 and includes a timeline.
The John Wesley Powell Memorial Museum provides a biography of this American explorer of the mid-1800s.
Nellie Cashman, a benevolent businesswoman, traveled around the frontier mining camps of the West from Arizona to the Yukon, and was a well-known figure during the Klondike gold rush.
Mary Kingsley explored Africa during the 1890s and studied the peoples and cultures of West Africa. This site from Schoolnet includes excerpts from her books and other writings.
Matthew Henson was an African-American arctic explorer and co-discoverer of the North Pole in 1909.
Learn about Robert E. Peary and Mathew Henson from the Library of Congress America's Library site for kids.
The Endurance: Shackleton's Legendary Antarctic Expedition, from the National Museum of American History, describes the epic voyage of Sir Ernest Shackleton in 1914.
Shackleton’s Antarctic Odyssey features information about the 1914 Antarctic voyage, as well as covers a 1999 voyage that followed in the footsteps of the famous explorer.
Shackleton: A Voyage of Endurance from the BBC tells the story of this arctic expedition with simple animated maps.
Learn about Amelia Earhart's Last Flight from the Library of Congress America's Library site for kids.
Amelia Earhart Information, from the U.S. Naval Historical Center, provides a biography and other resources on Earhart, who was the first woman--and second person--to fly solo across the Atlantic, as well as the first person to fly solo across the Pacific Ocean from Honolulu to Oakland, California.
Amelia Earhart features an illustrated biography of the woman who attempted to by the first person to fly around the world at the equator.
Tenzing Norgay Sherpa and Sir Edmund Hillary were the first two people to climb Mount Everest. Everest site provides information on George Leigh Mallory, Tenzing Norgay and other Everest explorers.
The Kon-Tiki Museum provides information about the voyages of the 20th-century Norwegian explorer Thor Heyerdahl.
Ann Bancroft is a noted polar explorer and the first woman to travel across the ice to the North Pole.
The Apollo Manned Space Program recounts the history of U.S. space explorers.
Women's Achievements in Aviation and Space, from NASA, details the contribution of women to the exploration of space. Many biographies can also be found at the Women of NASA Web site.
Explorers of the Millennium is a student-created site that lets users nominate people to an explorers hall of fame.
Distinguished Women in Exploration and Adventure profiles several female explorers.
Last updated 4/21/2011