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Norse America

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Exploration of new archaeological discoveries - it now seems that the Icelandic sagas were more than myths and that Vikings explored and even settled parts of North America 500 years before Columbus.
DVD
1996
Clemons (Stacks)
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1492: Conquest of Paradise

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Dramatizes the first two voyages of Christopher Columbus to the Americas and the effects of European contact on the indigenous people.
DVD
1994
Clemons (Stacks)
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Cabeza de Vaca

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"In 1528, a Spanish expedition founders off the coast of Florida. the lone survivor, Alvar Nuñez Cabeza de Vaca, discovers an ancient Indian tribe. Learning their mystical and mysterious culture, he becomes a healer and a leader. But this New World collides with the Old World when Spanish conquistadors arrive to enslave the Indians. Cabeza de Vaca must confront his own people and his past"--Container.
DVD
2001; 1993
Clemons (Stacks)
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"The Bloody Writing Is for Ever Torn": Domestic and International Consequences of the First Governmental Efforts to Abolish the Atlantic Slave Trade

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Two videos discussing the outcomes of a 2007 conference, convened to consider the consequences of decisions made and implemented by the governments of Denmark, Great Britain, and the United States between 1792 and 1808 to end their participation in the Atlantic slave trade.
DVD
2009
Clemons (Stacks)
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Ragtime

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From the E.L. Doctorow novel of 1906 America, a compelling story of human emotions and a reflection of the innocence, excitement and drama of an important time in America's history. It is now an award winning Broadway musical.
DVD
2004; 1981
Clemons (Stacks)
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America's Stone Age Explorers: Where Did the First Americans Come From?

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Archaeological experts and others challenge the theory that the first Americans arrived in America around 13,500 years ago and suggest possibilites that they could have arrived even sooner.
DVD
2005
Clemons (Stacks)
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America: Discovery to Revolution

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A six-part series that chronicle the role of the European settlers that led up to the Revolution.
VHS
2000
Ivy (By Request)
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Ancestors in the Americas: Coolies, Sailors, Settlers

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The untold story of how Asians--Filipino, Chinese, Asian Indian--first arrived in the Americas. Film crosses centuries and oceans from the 16th century Manila-Acapulco trade, to the Opium War, to the 19th century plantation coolie labor in South America and the Caribbean.
VHS
1997; 1996
Ivy (By Request)
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The 1513 Map of Pirî Reis: An Historical Puzzle

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"This film takes us through the history of the Ottoman Empire and its' effect on the world of the 16th century, the birth of Spain and Portugal as nations of explorers as they spread outward to colonize West Africa, and the discovery of Brazil. It is also a journey with Columbus to the New World using the records copied by Pirî Reis from the Columbus originals"--Container.
VHS
1997; 1992
Ivy (By Request)
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Search for the First Americans

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Follows the trail of America's first inhabitants. Did they really migrate across a Bering Sea land bridge at the end of the last Ice Age, or did they in fact arrive thousands of years earlier, possibly by some different route as new archaeological evidence increasingly hints?
VHS
1992
Ivy (By Request)
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Conquest of America

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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 [...]
DVD
2005
Clemons (Stacks)
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The Terrible Transformation [electronic resource]

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Examines one of the largest forced migrations in world history and how this mass movement of people was instrumental in the creation of America. Millions of Africans are abducted from their homelands to labor in the colonies. In the American colonies, African skills and labor transform vast lands into agricultural profits. But slavery's inhumane codes and punishments foment African resistance and escape, bringing more brutality from slave holders.
Online
2005; 1998
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Revolution [electronic resource]

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While the American colonies challenge Britain for independence, American slavery is challenged from within, as men and women fight to define what the country will be. In the upheaval of war, 100,000 black people escape their bondage and threaten the institution of slavery as never before. Initially, George Washington refuses to allow black volunteers into his army, but when the British Governor of Virginia promises freedom to slaves who will fight for England, the American high command is forced to reconsider. As the 18th century comes to a close, America hopes to walk a dangerous tightrope between property rights and human rights.
Online
2005; 1998
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The Fall of the Aztecs [electronic resource]

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Series host Michael Wood lands on a small island off the coast of Mexico, where in 1519, Hernan Cortes led a band of some 500 soldiers onto the mainland and into the heart of the Aztec empire. On the shores of the Yucatan, Cortes first saw the Mayan pyramids. Wood continues west to the frontier between the Mayan and Aztec worlds. The Aztecs greeted Cortes with gifts of gold, an act that sealed their fate. Trekking over the mountains in torrential storms, Wood wonders how this small band of Spanish adventurers overthrew an empire of millions, and why the Aztec ruler Montezuma believed the Spanish were gods.
Online
2005; 2000
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The Conquest of the Incas [electronic resource]

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The Incas in Peru worshipped the sun and thought their empire was the whole world-- until the Spaniards arrived. In 1532, conquistador Francisco Pizarro uncovered this civilization, which extended 3,000 miles from Ecuador to Chile. Wood traces Pizarro's daring march into Peru with fewer than 200 men. Following ancient Inca desert roads. Wood climbs the Andes with a train of llamas, ascending fairy-tale peaks overlooking the Pacific coast. The Spanish pursuit of Manco, the Inca leader who mounted a war of liberation, takes Wood to Cuzco, the Incan "naval of the earth." He continues on to the ruins of the Sacred Valley and Macchu Picchu, over the passes of the high Andes, up 17,000-foot glaciers and down into tropical rainforests to locate the lost city of the Incas at Vilcabamba.
Online
2005; 2000
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The Search for el Dorado [electronic resource]

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From Peru, Wood moves to Ecuador, where a member of the Pizarro clan, Gonzalo, led an expedition in 1541 to find El Dorado, a ruler reputed to possess unsurpassed riches in gold. Crossing the Andes, Wood and his crew hack through the dense forests to the Coca River. Once there, they build a balsa raft to carry them to the site where the Spanish expedition split up. On Christmas day of 1541, Francisco de Orellana, a veteran of the battles with the Incas in Peru, set out with 57 men on one of the great voyages of exploration, Orellana and his men discovered and traveled the length of the Amazon River, encountering an elaborate network of kingdoms and unknown empires-- with a population perhaps as high as five million-- that were eventually wiped out by war and disease.
Online
2005; 2000
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All the World Is Human [electronic resource]

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Alvar Nuñez Cabeza de Vaca arrived in Florida in 1528 to begin the exploration and conquest of what is now the southern United States. Wood tracks their progress northward toward Tallahassee, where, fleeing hostile Indians, the conquistadors built boats in the hope of reaching Mexico. Shipwrecked off the coast of Texas, most were never seen again. For 5 years, Cabeza de Vaca lived among the Karankwa and then the Coahuiltean Indians until he rejoined 3 fellow conquistadors. Together they embarked on an epic walk across America to the Pacific coast, reappearing 8 years after they were lost. Using Cabeza de Vaca's own book Wood rides through the north Mexican desert, sleeping at prehistoric campsites. Traveling to the Pacific along ancient Indian trails, he visits the spectacular Native [...]
Online
2005; 2000
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Seeking the First Americans [electronic resource]

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Archaeologists from Texas to Alaska search for clues to the identity of the first people to tread the North American continent - the early hunters who between 11,000 and 50,000 years ago crossed the Bering Strait in pursuit of game.
Online
2005; 1980
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The West: Episode 1 the People [electronic resource]

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Experience the rich cultural diversity of Native American tribes and the impact that early white explorers had on their lives. Students will learn about the mysterious disappearance of the Anasazi culture and the successful Pueblo revolt against their Spanish conquerors. First-person accounts bring to life the adventures of early explorers, from Cabeza de Vaca, the first white man to enter the West, to the Lewis and Clark expedition
Online
2005; 1996
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BookDVD
2002; 2003
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