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Pocahontas [electronic resource]: Her True Story

As the tale goes, Pocahantas, age 12, saved the gallant John Smith from the "savages" in her tribe. The relationship blossomed into love, and Pocahontas went with Smith to London, where British society undoubtedly perceived her as an exotic creature. This program holds that legend up to historical scrutiny by examining questions such as: How gallant was John Smith? Who were these so-called "savages"? How could Pocahontas, from a culture with strict hygienic standards, possibly have tolerated Smith's Elizabethan aversion to bathing? And, what of her marriage to John Rolfe? Interviews with Pocahontas' descendants provide a new perspective on the life and times of this revered Native American heroine.

Massacre at Mystic [electronic resource]

On May 26, 1637, New England settlers brutally attacked a Pequot encampment on the Mystic River, leaving hundreds of men, women, and children dead. Focusing on the Pequot War, this program seeks to understand the causes of the massacre, its place in the history of colonial America, and its centuries-long effects on the Pequot tribal nations.

Christopher Columbus [electronic resource]: Explorer of the New World

Christopher Columbus set out to find a new route to Asia, but instead became the first Spaniard to set foot in the New World. Evidence now proves that the Vikings reached North America long before him, yet even in his own time, other explorers usurped his glory. From the dream that led him across the horizon to the fortunes that deserted him and the ongoing controversy over his true place in history, this episode of Biography sheds light on the life of Christopher Columbus - the man, not the legend. Period accounts, rare art and artifacts, and interviews with world-renowned historians are featured.

In Search of History: Salem Witch Trials [electronic resource]

Drawing extensively on colonial-era documents and accounts as well as on the testimony of significant scholars, this program ventures back three centuries to separate facts from legends about the Salem witch trials.

Save Our History: Godspeed to Jamestown [electronic resource]

In 1607, the sailing ship Godspeed - one of three vessels that carried settlers to the Jamestown colony - played an important yet largely overlooked role in American history. As part of The History Channel's Save Our History initiative, this program follows the construction of a full-size replica of the three-masted ship, from the laying of its keel to its first days at sea. The Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation commissioned the building of the Godspeed replica to help commemorate Jamestown's 400th anniversary, in 2007.

Save Our History: Secrets of Jamestown [electronic resource]

In 1607, 105 Englishmen crowded onto three ships to cross the Atlantic and make a new life for themselves in North America. They built a fort at Jamestown and established trade with the indigenous people, but things quickly turned bad: the Native Americans became hostile, the land proved unforgiving, and disease broke out. How did Jamestown, long thought to be a near-failure due to the colonists' apparent incompetence, manage to survive to become the first permanent English settlement? This program spotlights an archaeological dig that is yielding evidence every day of the story of Jamestown's turbulent first years, including a 400-year-old well and a swamp filled with 1,000-year-old trees. Visits to a firing range, a sculptor's studio, and a forensics lab shed additional light on Ja [...]

Conquest of America

After Columbus discovered America came the men to make a conquest. From all corners of the world, explorers reached the shores of the New World to reap untold riches, seek new routes to the Far East, and gain the most elusive glory of all - a place in history. A sweeping saga of bravery, cruelty and pure folly, these are the stories of adventurers who stopped at nothing to conquer an unknown land and its peoples. Led by legendary cities of gold and mythical passages to China, foiled by international intrigue and mutiny on the high seas, men like Francisco Vasquez de Coronado, Henry Hudson, Jean Ribault, and Vitus Bering left an indelible mark on a vast new continent. Expedition logs, period accounts, and other primary materials help tell the story of America's exploration. Filled wit [...]

Columbus and the Age of Discovery

This 7-nation production chronicles Columbus's journey and legacy. The series commemorates the quincentennial and relives Columbus's daring and dangerous voyages and their momentous repercussions for both the New World and the Old.
Ivy (By Request)

Cabeza de Vaca

Account of the Spanish explorer's capture, escape, and journey from Texas to Mexico City (1527-1537). Includes tales of El Dorado.
1993; 1990
Ivy (By Request)

The Multi-Cultural History of the United States: Part 1. Through 1699

This program takes us from the earliest settlements of North America through the arrivals of the Vikings, Europeans and Colonial America. Learn about European roots and how America was different before Europeans arrived and ask the question -- 'What was Christopher Columbus looking for?'

Ponce de Leon and the Search for the Fountain of Youth

The search for youth has never been so much fun as Ponce teams up with Lucy, the Lady Pirate, in the ultimate adventure.
2005; 1986
Clemons (Stacks)

The Viking Deception: The Truth Behind the Vinland Map

A documentary on the controversy surrounding the authenticity of the Vinland map, which identified a large island in the Atlantic Ocean labeled "Vinilanda insula." The Vinland map predates Columbus's voyage by about fifty years and could offer proof that the Vikings discovered the New World.
2005; 2004
Clemons (Stacks)

Ouro Preto, Brazil: The City of Black Gold

Founded at the end of the 17th century, Ouro Preto ("Black Gold") was the focal point of the gold rush and "Brazil's Golden Age" in the 18th century. With the exhaustion of the gold mines in the 19th century, Ouro Preto's influence declined, but many churches, bridges and fountains remain as a testimony to its past prosperity and the exceptional talent of the Baroque sculptor Aleijadinho.
2017; 2000

Potosí, Bolivia: The Devil’s Silver

In the 16th century, this area was regarded as the world’s largest industrial complex. The extraction of silver ore relied on a series of hydraulic mills. The site consists of the industrial monuments of the Cerro Rico, where water is provided by an intricate system of aqueducts and artificial lakes; the colonial town with the Casa de la Moneda; the Church of San Lorenzo; several patrician houses; and the barrios mitayos, the areas where the workers lived.
2017; 2000

Colonia del Sacramento, Uruguay: Peace at Last on the Río de la Plata

Founded by the Portuguese in 1680 on the Río de la Plata, the city was of strategic importance in resisting the Spanish. After being disputed for a century, it was finally lost by its founders. The well-preserved urban landscape illustrates the successful fusion of the Portuguese, Spanish and post-colonial styles.
2017; 2008

Canada and the U.S.: Understanding Our Differences

Northrop FryeCrossing the border from the U.S. into Canada is a pretty easy affair, says Northrop Frye, one of the world’s foremost literary critics; there are no walls, no barbed-wire fences, no lookout towers. But if our borders are open to each other, our minds can sometimes be less so. There’s a lot we North Americans don’t know about each other, and a lot we have to learn. In this program with Bill Moyers, Frye speaks about our common and uncommon mythologies. He discusses our cultural differences and Canada’s struggle to establish a separate identity beyond being America’s neighbor. (30 minutes)
2016; 1988

Chichén Itzá, Mexico: The Mystery of the Decline of the Maya

This site is one of the most impressive testimonies to the Mayan-Toltec civilization of the Yucatán (10th to 15th centuries). It contains some of the most outstanding examples of Central American architecture, combining Mayan construction techniques and Toltec sculpted decoration.
2017; 2002

Old Panama City, Panama: 500 Years of Good Business

Founded in 1519 by the conquistador Pedrarías Dávila, Panamá Viejo is the oldest European settlement on the Pacific coast of the Americas. It was laid out on a rectilinear grid and marks the transference from Europe of the idea of a planned town. Abandoned in the mid-17th century, it was replaced by a "new town" (the "Historic District"), which has also preserved its original street plan, its architecture and an unusual mixture of Spanish, French and early American styles. The Salón Bolívar was the venue for the unsuccessful attempt made by El Libertador in 1826 to establish a multinational continental congress.
2017; 2004

Where Is My Grandchild?

Estela de Carlotto has spent nearly four decades searching for her grandson, one of the estimated 500 babies who disappeared after their mothers were taken by the military regime in Argentina in the 1970s.
2017; 2015

Sucre, Bolivia: Simón Bolívar's Legacy

Sucre, the first capital of Bolivia, was founded by the Spanish in the first half of the 16th century. Its many well-preserved 16th-century religious buildings, such as San Lázaro, San Francisco and Santo Domingo, illustrate the blending of local architectural traditions with styles imported from Europe.
2017; 2000