Library of Congress
Exploration and Explorers
Exhibitions and Presentations
Multimedia resources from the Library of Congress that support instruction about exploration and explorers. These resources include expert presentations, exhibitions, bibliographies, Webcasts, and other online materials.
- 1492: An Ongoing Voyage (Exhibition) This online exhibit focuses not only on the Northern hemisphere before 1492, but also on those who arrived from Europe and Africa in the 16th and early 17th centuries.
- The 1562 Map of America by Diego Gutierrez (Presentation) Learn more about this ornate 16th century map of the western hemisphere made by Spanish cartographer - Diego Gutierrez.
- The Atlantic World: The Dutch in America (International) Learn about Dutch involvement in the exploration and settlement of North America. This collection includes a variety of maps
- Cartographic Formation of The North American Continent (Exhibition) This animated presentation depicts the emerging European world view of North America from the time of Columbus through the late 1700s.
- The Cultures and History of the Americas: The Jay I. Kislak Collection at the Library of Collection (Exhibition) This exhibition focuses on the early Americas from the time of the indigenous people of Mexico, Central America, and the Caribbean through the period of European contact, exploration, and settlement.
- Exploring the Early Americas: The Jay I. Kislak Collection (Exhibition) This exhibition examines indigenous cultures, the drama of the encounters between Native Americans and Europeans, and the changes caused by the meeting of the two worlds. Rare maps are featured throughout the exhibition.
- Encountering the First American West (Presentation) The five themes presented here explore the trans-Appalachian West from the beginning of European American settlement to the end of the frontier period, focusing particularly on the Ohio River Valley and Kentucky.
- Fill Up the Canvas...Rivers of Words: Exploring with Lewis and Clark (Online Activity) Experience Lewis and Clark's journey westward through words, images, maps and other documents.
- France in America (International) This collaborative digital library 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.
- Hispanic and Portuguese World – Encounters in America (Presentation) This section of the online guide to the Library of Congress Hispanic and Portuguese is devoted to resources related to Spanish and Portuguese encounters in America.
- Historial Paralelas: Parallel Histories (International) Examine the history of Spanish expansion into North America in this international multimedia portal.
- Images of Christopher Columbus and His Voyages (Prints and Photographs) This list links to two dozen images related to Columbus.
- John Bull and Uncle Sam: Exploration and Settlement (Exhibition) This section of the John Bull and Uncle Sam exhibition examines the exploration and settlement of America from British and American points of view.
- The Lewis and Clark Expedition (Themed Resources) Explore links to Lewis and Clark related maps, letters, documents, online resources, lesson plans and books.
- Louisiana: European Explorations and the Louisiana Purchase (American Memory Collection) This collection features 119 documents—from maps to newspapers to cultural artifacts - related to the inclusion of Louisiana into the nation.
- Map Collections: Discovery and Exploration This section of Collections with Maps features early discovery and exploration maps and manuscripts.
- Mapping the West (Exhibition) This animated presentation shows the routes of various expeditions from Lewis and Clark to the 1850s railroad surveys.
- Meeting of the Frontiers: Exploration (International) View documents relating to the Russian discovery of Siberia, exploration of the American West, and Russian exploration throughout the Pacific and Arctic Oceans.
- Other Digitized Materials From the Rare Book and Special Collections Division (Rare Books) Explore digitized materials including early books, children's literature, miniature books, Audubon prints, magic posters and early travel accounts. A 1493 Christopher Columbus letter is included in this collection.
- The Portuguese in the United States (Exhibition) The Portuguese Role in Exploring and Mapping the New World outlines Portugal's role in world exploration from 15th to 17th centuries.
- Reports of explorations and surveys (Document) These 1850's reports documented expeditions made "to ascertain the most practicable and economical route for a railroad from the Mississippi River to the Pacific Ocean."
- Rivers, Edens, Empires (Exhibition) This online exhibition and virtual tour feature Lewis and Clark maps and other resources documenting westward exploration.
- Sources for the Lewis and Clark Expedition Maps of 1803 and 1814 (Exhibition) This animated presentation shows how King's 1804 map was developed and how the 1814 map became the landmark product of the expedition.
- Waldseemuller 1507 Map of the World (Presentation) This was the first map to depict a separate Western Hemisphere, with the Pacific as a separate ocean.
- Zoom into Maps: Exploration and Discovery (Presentation) This section of Zoom Into Maps introduces teachers and students to exploration and discovery maps.