Site of the Day for Thursday, June 19, 2008 Jamestown, Quebec, Santa Fe: Three North American Beginnings Today's site, an international collaborative project under the aegis of the National Museum of American History at the Smithsonian, offers a noteworthy presentation on the cultural heritage of North America from the perspective of the nations which first explored and settled the continent. Gentle Subscribers will discover an illuminating exhibit on the earliest days of continental exploration and colonization. "This exhibition explores the international origins of the societies of Canada and the United States and commemorates the 400th anniversary of three lasting settlements in Jamestown (1607), Quebec (1608), and Santa Fe (1609). The exhibition takes a multicultural approach to the virtually simultaneous introduction of English, French, and Spanish culture to this vast area and tells the stories of Native and European societies through 1700." - from the website The site provides an overview of English, French and Spanish settlements in the New World, along with significant artefacts from each of these early colonies. From a wheel-lock pistol unearthed from a Jamestown garbage pit, to hand forged iron shears in New Mexico, the exhibit highlights historical objects from each nation settling North America. Among the topics considered are the early settlements; relationships with indigenous people; trade, diplomacy and warfare; new economies, labor systems and societies; and expanding empires. Concluding with a brief summary of North American settlements at the beginning of the eighteenth century, the exhibit contains links to additional resources for each colonizing country. Voyage to the site for an informative consideration of the origins of North American society at: http://americanhistory.si.edu/exhibitions/small_exhibition.cfm?key=126 7&exkey=244 A.M. Holm <admin-sotd@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx> Manage your subscription and view the List archives on the web at: <http://www.freelists.org/cgi-bin/webpage?webpage_id=sotd> and <http://www.freelists.org/archives/sotd> ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ UNSUBSCRIBE by sending a blank email to sotd-request@xxxxxxxxxxxxx with unsubscribe in the Subject field.