When Worlds Collide, 1492 - 1590 
Web Tracker on the European Encounter 
  • 1492: An Ongoing Voyage

  • The Library of Congress exhibition on the European encounter with the Americas, providing thoroughly organized text and images of native societies, Renaissance Europe, "Columbus man & myth," and European claims and conquests. The original site for this exhibit is at the Library of Congress.
  • Colombus' letter to the King and Queen of Spain, 1494(?)

  • Full text of the letter, probably written in 1494, to Ferdinand & Isabella. Columbus lays out his views of how Espaniola should be governed, colonists transported, and gold prospecting managed. A link to an introductory overview is provided.
  • Novus Orbis: Images of the New World

  • Evolving geographic views of North America from 1507 to 1669, accompanied by extensive text explanations. Part of a multi-chapter historical geography series provided by the University of Virginia.
  • New World Rare Map Collection

  • The University of Georgia has seven on-line maps of the Americas created between 1544 and 1688. (Each map may take 2 to 5 minutes to download, depending on your connection.)
  • The Hernando de Soto Expedition

  • A brief overview of the expedition, produced by the National Park Service, with links to maps of De Soto's route through the American South provided by the University of Arkansas.