European colonies in the Americas

We often think about the history of the United States as linked with Britain, but what about the Spanish, Dutch and French?

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Teaching guide<br>Six Portraits of the Levy-Franks family
Teaching guide
Six Portraits of the Levy-Franks family

Elite identities in the early days of New York City

Teaching guide<br>Constructing identity in the Spanish colonies in America
Teaching guide
Constructing identity in the Spanish colonies in America

Works that point to the complexities of racism in the colonial Americas

A Jewish Family in Early New York
A Jewish Family in Early New York

A Jewish family in New York and London during the French Indian Wars

The making of an American myth
The making of an American myth

Re-examining a founding American myth

Teaching guide<br>Benjamin West, <em>Penn’s Treaty with the Indians</em>
Teaching guide
Benjamin West, Penn’s Treaty with the Indians

A history that's part fact and part myth.

Europe’s earliest views of America
Europe’s earliest views of America

Among the earliest European representations of North America

Spanish conquest and U.S. expansion
Spanish conquest and U.S. expansion

De Soto led hundreds of soldiers on the first European expedition into what became the United States.

Picturing America
Picturing America

De Bry's images of the Americas affirm and assert a sense of European superiority.

Painting the French and Indian War
Painting the French and Indian War

West turned the conventions of history painting on their head by choosing a contemporary subject and dress.

Thought the Puritans were dour?
Thought the Puritans were dour?

We think of Puritans aesthetics as restrained and humble, but this elaborate cupboard proves otherwise.

The mission church at Acoma Pueblo
The mission church at Acoma Pueblo

This mesa in New Mexico is believed to hold one of the oldest continuously inhabited communities in the US.

The quiet ostentation of early Puritans
The quiet ostentation of early Puritans

Forget what you think you know about Puritan fashion and get ready to Freake.