Concise History of the Development of the Square-Rigged Ship:
From the Carrack to the Full-Rigger” http://www.in-arch.net/Sqrigg/squrig.html
This website includes informative drawings and descriptions
of different types of ships as they progress in technology,
efficiency and complexity.
“The Age of Exploration,” by the Mariner’s
A great resource featuring background information, timelines,
maps and biographies of explorers from ancient times through
“The Age of Exploration,” in
the online journal History Now. http://www.historynow.org/06_2007/issue.html
site includes essays on different aspects of the Age of Exploration
as well as five rare maps that show the European’s
growing geographical understanding of the Americas.
“Visions of History: The Aztecs and the Spanish.” Published
in 1996 by the Stanford Program on International and Cross-Cultural
Education (SPICE). Available at http://spice.stanford.edu/catalog/visions_of_history_the_aztecs_and_the_spanish/
curriculum unit focuses on the encounter between the Aztecs
and the Spaniards and addresses the question, “How
is history constructed?”
The following is a list of recommended films on topics related
to the workshop. This list is by no means comprehensive. It
merely reflects films I screened for the workshop. I am including
it because there is a lot of not-so-great stuff out there.
“Cracking the Maya Code” (2008)
This films traces progress in the 200-year quest to decipher
Produced by NOVA.
Available on Netflix.
Supporting lesson plans available at:
Three of the “Secrets of the Lost Empires” series
produced by NOVA
This film examines different aspects of Inca knowledge and
engineering including the transportation and fitting of huge
stones for their monumental architecture, the construction
of suspension bridges and the Quipu record-keeping system.
Available on Netflix.
Transcript available at:
Q&A available at: http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/inca1/
series “Columbus and the Age of Discovery” (1991)
is a very well-done series commemorating the quincentennial
of Columbus’s voyage. Among the
videos I found particularly interesting:
Idea Takes Shape”
This program focuses on the advances in shipbuilding and navigation
that made Columbus's voyages possible, examines his motivations
and chronicles his long and arduous search for patronage to
fund his westward voyage to the Orient.
Full-scale, working replicas of the Nina, the Pinta, and the
Santa Maria follow the route of Columbus's first transatlantic
crossing, while excerpts from his logs and journals evoke 15th
century shipboard life.
This program examines the interchange of horses, cattle, corn,
potatoes and sugar cane between the Old World and the New,
and the lasting impact of this interchange on the people of
Originally broadcast by PBS. Distributed by Films Media Group.
Hard to find but worth looking for. Supporting lesson plans are available
An Inconvenient History” (2000)
the BBC “Timewatch” series
This production charts the history of slavery in Brazil, the
destination for 40 percent of the slaves who survived the Atlantic
crossing and the last country to officially abolish slavery.