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Collection Connections provide activity ideas for using the online collections to develop critical thinking skills. Part of The Learning Page, Collection Connections feature teacher created lesson plans based on online primary resources at the Library of Congress.
American Revolution and Its Era: Maps and Charts of North America and the West Indies, 1750-1789 This Collection Connection presents an important historical record of the mapping of North America and the Caribbean. The maps and charts in this online collection number well over two thousand different items, with easily as many or more unnumbered duplicates, many with distance colorations and annotations.
Civil War Maps This Collection Connection presents digital portal of materials from three premier collections: the Library of Congress Geography and Map Division, the Virginia Historical Society, and the Library of Virginia.
Drake's West Indian Voyage 1588-1589 This Collection Connection investigates a series of maps depicting a voyage by Sir Francis Drake which involved attacks on the Spanish settlements off the coast of Africa (Santiago), Caribbean (Santo Domingo), South America (Cartagena), and North America (St. Augustine). Students will then examine a map of the entire voyage. Students will look closely at the details of each of these depictions and draw conclusions about the individual events as well as the entire voyage.
Exploration & Explorers This Collection Connection presents teaches about the exploration and settlement of the Americas by studying maps, drawings, journals and presentations related to migrations and explorations from the time of the indigenous peoples of the Americas through European contact, exploration and settlement.
Hotchkiss Map Collection This Collection Connection presents cartographic items made by Major Jedediah Hotchkiss, a topographic engineer in the Confederate Army. These maps were used by Generals Robert E. Lee and “Stonewall” Jackson in developing strategies for battles.
Local History: Mapping My Spot Students often think of history as tattered documents, worn photographs, and musty books, all of which have little or no relevance to their lives. Maps provide an often-overlooked source of information and a new and compelling perspective on the past.
Map Collections of the Library of Congress Composed of selected Americana and cartographic treasures of the Library of Congress, Map Collections has seven major categories: cities and towns, conservation and environment, discovery and exploration, Cultural Landscape, military battles and campaigns, transportation and communication, and general maps.
Maps of Liberia 1830-1870 The collection includes maps from the American Colonization Society (ACS) that was organized in 1817 to resettle free black Americans in West Africa. These maps show early settlements in Liberia, political subdivisions, and some of the lots that were assigned to settlers. Other maps in the collection show areas of Liberia that were given to settlers by indigenous Liberian chiefs.
National Parks Maps This collection documents the history, culture, and geological formations of areas that eventually became United States National Parks.
Panoramic Maps: 1847-1929 offer "bird's-eye" views of nineteenth and early twentieth century cities and towns across the nation. Each map contains a detailed look at architecture and urban planning of the period, and allows users to zoom in on particular areas.
Puerto Rico at the Dawn of the Modern Age : Nineteen- and Early-Twentieth-Century Perspectives portrays the early history of the commonwealth of Puerto Rico through first-person accounts, political writings, and histories drawn from the Library of Congress's General Collections.
Railroad Maps Collection 1828-1900 Represents an important historical record, illustrating the growth of travel and settlement as well as the development of industry and agriculture in the United States.
Rochambeau Map Collection contains cartographic items used by Jean Baptiste Donatien de Vimeur, comte de Rochambeau, commander in chief of the French expeditionary army (1780-82) during the American Revolution.
Waldseemüller 1507 Map of the World The 1507 World Map by Martin Waldseemüller is one of the world's most important maps. For the first time, this map labels America and shows the continent as a separate land mass. It is often referred to as America's Birth Certificate. Students will investigate this map by looking closely at the details of each section of the map and then draw conclusions on the evelation of this new and unusual world to the people of 1507.
World War II Military Situation Maps provides over 400 maps and 115 reports that document troop positions in the European theater of battle between the years of 1944-1945. These materials document the plans of the American military leadership as they marched toward Germany and the situations they faced on the battlefield.
Zoom into Maps This activity introduces historical maps from the American Memory collections. A Primary Source Analysis Tool for analysis and note taking has been provided. The teacher can use the Teachers Guide to Analyzing Maps to find guiding questions and activity ideas.

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