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Interactive Early American History
By Cynthia Kirkeby
Oct 11, 2007, 10:06 PST

History Globe

There are three innovative investigations into history at History Globe: Anglo-Apache Conflicts, The Oregon Trail Virtual Tour, and the Jamestown Online Adventure. All three are interesting ways to explore various segments of early United States history.

In Anglo-Apache Conflicts, you can explore the extent of the conflicts through the use of an interactive map. The most effective use of the map appeared to be its year-by-year scrolling ability. Use the arrows to quickly click from year to year to see how extensive the Apache lands were, where the forts were, and where the conflicts broke out. This is a basic little presentation, but helpful in putting these conflicts into historical context.

The Oregon Trail Virtual Tour allow you to explore this famous pioneer trail through the use of a clickable modern map, or a map from 1843. There is a short description of each of the landmark locations along the way, which gives you a sense of what it was like to travel this route long ago.

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The Jamestown Online Adventure is by far their coolest offering. (Flash is required.) this game allows you to make decisions for the colonists and see what the consequences of those decisions would be. Here is their background and description of the game:

“ In 1606, some 105 adventurers set off from England to try and establish the first permanent English colony in the New World. They settled in what is now the state of Virginia and called their colony first James Fort, and then James Towne, in honor of James I, the King of England. The early years of the colony were nearly a total disaster. Almost half of the settlers died due to poor choices in settlement location, management of resources, and quarrels with the indigenous Powhatan Indians.

You are the Captain of the Jamestown Colony:
Can you do any better than the real colonists? You will have a copy of the London Company's Instructions to help guide you. Also, you can ask your fellow colonists and the Native Americans for advice. Be careful, though, because some advice is better than others!“

Have fun exploring America’s past with these great sample activities.

Source: History Globe

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