Digital Resources for Early American Studies

New Spain

1492: An Ongoing Voyage, The Library of Congress
"1492: An Ongoing Voyage addresses such questions by examining the rich mixture of societies coexisting in five areas of this hemisphere before European arrival. It then surveys the polyglot Mediterranean world at a dynamic turning point in its development. The exhibition examines the first sustained contacts between American people and European explorers, conquerors and settlers from 1492 to 1600. During this period, in the wake of Columbus's voyages, Africans also arrived in the hemisphere, usually as slaves. All of these encounters, some brutal and traumatic, others more gradual, irreversibly changed the way in which peoples in the Americas led their lives."

The Basle 1494 Columbus Letter
The Osher Map Library & Smith Center for Cartographic Education: University of Southern Maine

Extracts from Columbus' Journal on the First Voyage
Internet History Sourcebooks Project: Fordham University

Early Americas Digital Archive, University of Maryland at College Park
"The Early Americas Digital Archive (EADA) is a collection of electronic texts and links to texts originally written in or about the Americas from 1492 to approximately 1820. Open to the public for research and teaching purposes, EADA is published and supported by the Maryland Institute for Technology in the Humanities (MITH) under the general editorship of Professor Ralph Bauer, at the University of Maryland at College Park."

The Literature of Justification
Part of the new Lehigh University digital project, "History on Trial" Literature of Justification is an ongoing project by students at Lehigh University that takes as its provocative starting point the "gigantic question" that Washington Irving asks in his 1809 History of New York (Book I, chapter v): "What right had the first discoverers of America to land, and take possession of a country, without asking the consent of its inhabitants, or yielding them an adequate compensation for their territory?"

Privileges and Prerogatives Granted by Their Catholic Majesties to Christopher Columbus: 1492
The Avalon Project: Yale Law School

Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz Project
The Department of Spanish and Portuguese: Dartmouth College