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Exploring the Early Americas

When thinking about the early Americas, it's hard not to consider the stellar materials that make up the Jay I. Kislak Collection at the Library of Congress. Kislak amassed thousands of items related to early Florida, the Caribbean, and Mesoamerica, and subsequently donated over 3,000 of these items to the Library. This online exhibition affords interested parties a taste of these materials organized into three sections: "Pre-Contact America", "Explorations and Encounters", and "Aftermath of the Encounter". Within each section, visitors can read a brief introductory essay and then dive right into the artifacts and documents presented therein. One delightful section that should not be missed is the "Urban Landscapes" section within "Pre-Contact America". Here visitors can wonder over miniature village scenes from West Mexico and views of Tenochtitl'n and Cusco from 1572. That's far from all, as the site also has three "Interactive" presentations. They cover the famed Waldseem'ller Maps of 1507 and 1516 and a complete digitized version of Alexander Exquemelin's rousing 1678 work, "The Buccaneers of America".
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Date of Scout Publication
May 30th, 2008
Date Of Record Creation
May 30th, 2008 at 8:23am
Date Of Record Release
June 2nd, 2008 at 3:31pm
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