Library of Congress
Colonial and Early America
Online activities and background information from the Library of Congress to help students learn more about Colonial and Early America.
- American Treasures: A Narrative of Uncommon Sufferings (Exhibition) View pages from the first slave narrative independently printed in the North American colonies
- American Treasures: America's First Book (Exhibition) Known as The Bay Psalm Book, but really titled The Whole Booke of Psalmes Faithfully Translated into English Metre, this was the first book printed in what is now the United States.
- American Treasures: Anne Bradstreet, Colonial Poet (Exhibition) Anne Bradstreet was the first woman poet to be published in Colonial America.
- American Treasures: Early Map of the Dutch Colony of New Netherlands (Exhibition) This 1685 map includes an early view of New Amsterdam.
- American Treasures: Land Grant (Exhibition) This 1687 manuscript documents the early boundaries of Pennsylvania and Maryland.
- American Treasures: Map of Manhattan (Exhibition) This 1639 map is the earliest portrayal of Manhattan and its surroundings.
- American Treasures: Powerful Polemics (Exhibition) Explore the pages of Thomas Paine's Common Sense.
- American Treasures: Read and Be Wise (Exhibition) The hornbook was a constant companion to beginning readers in Colonial America.
- American Treasures: The New England Psalm Singer (Exhibition) Paul Revere illustrated the cover of this early hymnal.
- American Treasures: The Virginia Company (Exhibition) King James I chartered the Virginia Company of London in 1606. It founded the first permanent English settlement at Jamestown. View court preceedings for 1621.
- American Treasures: The "General Fundamentals" of the Plymouth Colony (Exhibition) This 1685 book is one of the oldest items in the Library's collection of American laws.
- Explore the States (America's Library) This fun activity allows children and their families to explore the 50 United States. Click on each of the original 13 states for facts and stories.
- Explore the States: The Lost Colony (America's Library) Learn about the lost colony of Roanoke Island.
- Jump Back in Time: Colonial America, 1492-1763 (America's Library) Read stories about colonial life in America.
- Today in History (May 14) Jamestown (Today in History) On this date in 1607, the first permanent British settlement in North America was established at Jamestown, Virginia by the Virginia Company Charter.
- Today in History (May 9) Join or Die (Today in History) On this date in 1754, Join, or Die, considered the first American political cartoon, was printed in The Pennsylvania Gazette.
- Today in History (October 4) The Plymouth Colony (Today in History) On this date in 1636, the General Court of the Plymouth Colony instituted the first legal code composed in North America.
- Who Celebrated the "First Thanksgiving"? (Wise Guide) Learn more about America's early Thanksgiving celebrations.