Cabeza de Vaca


The Conquistadors Learning Adventure
This companion site offers middle and high school students and teachers the opportunity to study the long-lasting effects of the Spanish conquest of the New World, as well as 500 years of science, geography, math and current events.

Michael Wood

In the Footsteps of Alexander the Great
Read about Michael Wood's last adventure on PBS. Wood and his crew followed Alexander's path across Europe and into India and bring his story to life online. Learn more about this extraordinary man.

American History

NOVA: Mystery of the First Americans

Learn more about the discovery and ensuing controversy over the Kennewick Man, a well-preserved, 9,000-year-old human skeleton found in Washington State in 1996.

The West
Filmmakers Ken Burns and Stephen Ives tell the story of the American West in an 8-hour documentary. Read about the people whose lives are now a part of our history. Read the full text of Cabeza de Vaca's book, "Relacion," here as well.

Gold Fever
The Conquistadors' quest for gold wasn't the last gold rush in the New World. Visit this site to read about the pioneers and pilgrims that got the fever several centuries later in what is now Alaska.

Latin American History

NOVA: Ice Mummies of the Inca
The NOVA crew went on an expedition to find mummies in Peru in 1996 and made a 3-hour documentary based on their experiences there. Visit this companion website to find out about the expedition, what these Incas ate over 5,000 years ago and the conflicts the surround mummies today.

NOVA: Warriors of the Amazon
Read about the Yanomami Shamans and the plants that they still use to heal their sick.


Lewis & Clark
Enter the world of Lewis, Clark and the rest of the Corps of Discovery.

Lost in the Grand Canyon
In the summer of 1869 a one-armed Civil War veteran, John Wesley Powell, led an epic journey down the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon. It was the last important exploration within the continental United States.


Journey Into Amazonia
"Journey into Amazonia" features the swollen rivers, flooded forests and dense canopy of the vast rain forest recognized as one of Earth's natural wonders.

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