Library of Congress
Exploration and Explorers
Online activities and background information from the Library of Congress to help students learn more about exploration and explorers.
- American Treasures: Alaskan Expedition (Exhibition) View pages from Edward Harriman's souvenir journal documenting his 1899 expedition to Alaska.
- American Treasures: Columbus Reports on Discoveries of Island of India (Exhibition) Read Columbus' report concerning his discoveries of "Islands of India beyond the Ganges."
- American Treasures: Exploring the Carolinas (Exhibition) View a map and drawings documenting John White's travels to the Carolina coast in the 1580s.
- Go West, Young Men (Wise Guide) Link to Library of Congress Lewis and Clark resources.
- He Sailed the Half Moon (Wise Guide) Read about Henry Hudson's explorations on the Half Moon.
- How Did America Get Its Name? (Wise Guide) Read about Martin Waldseemuller's 1507 map and learn how America got its name.
- Jump Back in Time: June 9, 1534 (America's Library) Jacques Cartier sailed up the St. Lawrence River.
- Jump Back in Time: October 12, 1492 (America's Library) Christopher Columbus first saw land.
- Jump Back in Time: October 28, 1875 (America's Library) National Geographic President Gilbert H. Grosvenor was born on this date. Under Grosvenor
- Jump Back in Time: September 3, 1609 (America's Library) Henry Hudson and his crew sailed into the river that would bear his name.
- Jump Back in Time: September 8, 1565 (America's Library) On this date a Spanish expedition established St. Augustine in Florida.
- Meet Amazing Americans: Adventurers and Explorers (America's Library) Learn about Lewis and Clark and Amelia Earhart.
- Today in History (June 9, 1534) Jacques Cartier Sails Upriver (Today in History)(Scroll down page) On this date French navigator Jacques Cartier sailed into the St. Lawrence River for the first time.
- Today in History (May 6, 1856) Northward Over the Great Ice (Today in History) On this date Robert Peary, discoverer of the North Pole, was born.
- Today in History (November 28, 1520) Crossing the Pacific (Today in History) (Scroll down page) Read about Ferdinand Magellan's first westward crossing of the Pacific in 1520.
- Today in History (September 27) The Quest of Ponce de Leon (Today in History) On September 27, 1514, the Spanish crown granted explorer Juan Ponce de Leon the title Military Governor of Bimini and Florida. Ponce de Leon sailed for Florida in 1521.
- Today in History (October 25, 1751) Kiska Island (Today in History) On this date, Vitus Bering and a group of Russian explorers discovered Kiska Island in the Aleutian Island chain of present day Alaska.