Primary Sources

I read and comment on Primary Source readings out of (mostly) American History, so you can hear voices of the people who were there, rather than just historians.

In May of 1842, 23-year-old Lucius Ranney writes to his older brother Henry of his arrival in Allen Michigan, after a 10 day journey from Phelps. He…
Another US History Primary Source
The Native American critique of European culture
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This is an anonymous account of the strange new land Europeans found and the people who lived there. I have revised spelling to make the text legible…
Giovanni Caboto (c. 1450-c. 1500) was a Venetian navigator and explorer. He was commissioned by King Henry VII in 1496 to sail for England, partly in…
In 1540, Francisco Vásquez de Coronado set out to find the legendary seven cities of Cibola, where he hoped to discover another cache of gold like that…
De Soto in North America
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