Colonial Era

Gallery Archives of the Colonial Times

Baptism of Pocahontas, 1614

Credit: Library of Congress Media type: painting Museum Number: Annotation: Like the other seventeenth-century British colonies, Virginia aspired to convert the native populations. The Virginia Company’s instructions to…

Captain John Smith

Credit: Association for the Preservation of Virginia Antiquities. Media type: painting Museum Number: Year: 1616

Death of Columbus, 1502

Credit: Architect of the Capitol Media type: doors Museum Number: Annotation: The Columbus Doors that stand at the east entrance of the U.S. Capitol Rotunda are an imposing…

Departure of Columbus From Palos, 1492

Credit: Architect of the Capitol Media type: doors Museum Number: Annotation: The Columbus Doors that stand at the east entrance of the U.S. Capitol Rotunda are an imposing…

Discovery of the Mississippi

Credit: Architect of the Capitol Media type: painting Museum Number: Annotation: DeSoto’s discovery of the Mississippi Year: 1855

Dowry for Montezuma’s Daughter (Hernando Cortés)

Credit: Library of Congress Media type: letter-image Museum Number: Annotation: In this document, Hernando Cortés justifies a large dowry to Doña Isabel, the late Emperor Montezuma’s (1480?-1520) eldest…

Francis Drake’s Voyage in an Early Map

Credit: Library of Congress Media type: map Museum Number: Annotation: Italian artist Baptista Boazio created these handsome hand-colored engravings to accompany A summarie and true discourse of Sir…

George Washington’s Diary

Credit: Library of Congress Media type: diary-image Museum Number: Annotation: Both a manuscript and a printed book, George Washington’s 1762 almanac records activities at his Mount Vernon plantation.…

Gravestone of William Dickson

Credit: University of New Hampshire Media type: gravestone Museum Number: Annotation: William Dickson gravestone Year: 1692

Jeffreys Atlas

Media type: illustration Annotation: This volume was the first comprehensive British atlas of Florida and the Caribbean. It includes the first large, detailed printed maps of a…

Landing of Columbus

Credit: Architect of the Capitol Media type: painting Museum Number: Annotation: Vanderlyn, Landing of Columbus Year: 1847
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