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[Detail] Discovery of the Mississippi: By Ferdinand De Soto

Collection Overview

Parallel Histories: Spain, United States and the American Frontier is a collaborative project between the Library of Congress, the National Library of Spain and the Biblioteca Colombina y Capitular of Seville. This collection, which is presented in both English and Spanish, discusses the expansion of Spain into North America from Florida and Georgia into Louisiana, Texas, the Southwest and also into parts of Alaska. The presentation also discusses interactions between Spain and the United States and Spain’s eventual departure from the United States after the Spanish American war. This collection provides links to a number of American Memory collections including the papers of Jefferson and Washington, A Century of Lawmaking and our extensive online map collection.

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Historical Eras

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  • Period of Exploration, 1492-1763
  • Global Expansion and Encounter, 1450-1770
  • Colonial Settlement, 1492-1763
  • The American Revolution, 1763-1783
  • An Age of Revolutions, 1750-1914
  • The New Nation, 1780-1815
  • Expansion and Reform, 1801-1861
  • Emergence of Modern America, 1890-1930

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