Resources for Teachers

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  • Bercht, Fatima, Estrellita Brodsky, John Alan Farmer, and Dicey Taylor, eds. Taíno: Pre-Columbian Art and Culture from the Caribbean. New York: The Monacelli Press, 1997.
  • Coe, Michael D. The Maya. 7th Edition. New York: Thames and Hudson, 2005.
  • ———. and Mark Van Stone. Reading the Maya Glyphs. London: Thames and Hudson, 2005.
  • De Vorsey, Louis, Jr. Keys to the Encounter: A Library of Congress Resource Guide for the Study of the Age of Discovery. Washington, D.C.: Library of Congress, 1992.
  • Defoe, Daniel. A General History of the Pyrates. (1st edition, 1724.) London: J.M. Dent & Sons, 1974.
  • Diamond, Jared. Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed. New York: Viking, 2005.
  • Dunkelman, Arthur, ed. The Jay I. Kislak Collection at the Library of Congress. Washington, D.C.: Library of Congress, 2007.
  • Fernández-Armesto, Felipe. The Americas. New York: Modern Library, 2003.
  • ———.Pathfinders: A Global History of Exploration. New York: W. W. Norton, 2006.
  • Hébert, John R., ed. 1492: An Ongoing Voyage. Washington, D.C.: Library of Congress, 1992.
  • Levenson, Jay A., ed. Circa 1492: Art in the Age of Exploration. New Haven: Yale University Press, 1991.
  • Mann, Charles. 1491: New Revelations of the Americas Before Columbus. New York: Vintage, 2006.
  • Martin, Simon, and Nikolai Grube. Chronicle of Maya Kings and Queens. London: Thames and Hudson, 2000.
  • Miller, Mary Ellen and Karl Taube. The Gods and Symbols of Ancient Mexico and the Maya: An Illustrated Dictionary of Mesoamerican Religion. London: Thames and Hudson, 1993.
  • Pagden, Anthony. Lords of All the World: Ideologies of Empire in Spain, Britain, and France, 1492–1830. New Haven: Yale University Press, 1995.
  • Schwartz, Seymour I and Ralph E. Ehrenberg. The Mapping Of America. Secaucus: Wellfleet Press, 2001.
  • Sharer, Robert J. and Loa P. Traxler. The Ancient Maya. 6th Edition. Stanford: Stanford University Press, 2006.
  • Thomas, Hugh. Rivers of Gold: The Rise of the Spanish Empire from Columbus to Magellan. New York: Random House, 2004.

For Young Readers

  • Bateman, Penny. Great Civilizations: Aztecs and Incas, AD 1300–1532. New York: Franklin Watts, 1988.
  • Braman, Arlette N. Secrets of Ancient Cultures: The Maya. Hoboken: John Wiley & Sons, 2003.
  • Hakim, Joy. A History of US: The First Americans. New York: Oxford University Press, 2003.
  • Stevenson, Robert Louis. Treasure Island. New York: Signet Classics, 1998.

Resources Outside the Library

Teacher Institutes

Interested in learning strategies to teach about European Explorers in the Americas? Want to know more about the indigenous cultures of Mesoamerica (Maya, Inca, and Aztec)? Explore the cartographic knowledge of the world in the sixteenth century. You will be able to do all of this and more by using Library of Congress primary sources. Register to attend the Library of Congress Exploring the Early Americas Teacher Institute. Participants will leave with strategies and materials they can use in their schools. The institute uses the Library's exhibition Exploring the Early Americas as its foundation. Learn how to make this era in history come alive for student using images, manuscripts, letters, three-dimensional objects, and maps.


  • Thursday, November 21, 2013; 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Friday, November 22, 2013; 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Saturday, November 23, 2013; 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.


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