Reports about Countries
The World Factbook – Facts, map, and flag of every country in the world
Atlapedia – Facts about many countries in the world
Country Studies: The Library of Congress
Countries of the World – Each Country Profile provides information on: Geography · Maps · Flag · History · Current ruler · Area · Population · Capital · Largest
cities · Languages · Ethnicity/race · Religion · Literacy rate · Economy · Government
The World Heritage – This amazing site
has panoramic pictures and interactive virtual reality movies for all
sites registered as World Heritage by the UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization). It is a must see!
Ancient Rome – Lessons from the Constitutional Rights Foundation
of a Prophet – a great site with information about the Prophet
Muhammad that also includes video samples from the PBS documentary of the same
Islam’s Sunni-Shiite split – A look at the historic divide within the Muslim
the Sunni-Shi’ite Divide – Time Magazine
Standard 7.4 – Students analyze the geographic, political, economic, religious,
and social structures of the sub-Saharan civilizations of Ghana and Mali in Medieval
The Collapse of Mali and Songhai – Mali and Songhai, as well as the smaller
kingdom of Ghana before them, were once great trading kingdoms famous for their
gold. Yet despite their greatness, they each declined for similar reasons.
African Sourcebook – From ancient times to the modern era, here are dozens of primary materials about the history of Africa.
Saharan Trade: A Link Between Europe and Africa – Maps, pictures and information about the trade between Europe and West Africa from Ghana to Songhay. Super West African Trade Route maps.
African Trade – From Critical Thinking Internet Activities: Ancient and Medieval
Timbuktu – The great mythical city of Mali
African Life through Art – Studies of African life, ritual, and culture through
audio, video, and graphics
African Folk Tales – Stories from Africa were traditionally passed down by
word of mouth. Often they were told by the light of the moon around
a village fire after the completion of a long day of work. The stories
rarely ended with the words we so often heard as children when our parents
told us bedtime stories — “and they all lived happily ever after”.
Most stories didn’t end happily ever after. Usually the stories taught
a lesson, and frequently, the selfish person learned that lesson the hard
Secret of the Maya Glyphs – Who’s buried in the blue tomb? To solve the mystery,
you’ll need to explore a Maya temple in this adventure game.
The Sport of Life and Death: The Mesoamerican Ball game
Tikal Guatemala – Journey through the Mayan Ruins of Tikal
The Story of the Aztecs
Ancient Mexico – The History, Art, and Culture of Ancient Mesoamerica
The Incredible Incas for Kids
The Inca Trail to Machu Picchu – Take this four-day virtual field trip
to Machu Picchu, Peru, ancient refuge of the Incas high in the Andes Mountains.
Tang Dynasty – Daily Life in Tang Times
Chinese Inventions – Learn about ancient Chinese inventions and technology
and the history of Chinese inventors. Learn about the kite, chopsticks, umbrellas,
gunpowder, firecrackers, the steelyard, abacus, ceramics, papermaking and more.
The Abacus – Learn about the first calculator
Ancient China (The British Museum) – Illuminating World Cultures
China the Beautiful
Confucius, K’ung-fu-tzu or Kongfuzi
Standard 7.5 – Students analyze the geographic, political, economic, religious,
and social structures of the civilizations of Medieval Japan.
Samurai – Basic information
The Tale of the Genji – One of the first novels ever written
Bonsai – “A truly detailed guide to bonsai, as an art, hobby and horticultural practice.”
The Middle Ages – Between Ancient and Modern
Destroy the Castle – Sieging a castle with a trebuchet
What Was So Important About 1066? – 1066 was a remarkable year. England
had three kings, two battles and one comet! There is no other year in history quite like 1066. Learn all about it here and find out why it is a year to remember, especially if you are English.
Medieval Technology Pages – The Medieval Technology Pages are an attempt to
provide accurate, referenced information on technological innovation and related
subjects in western Europe during the Middle Ages.
Illuminated Manuscripts – During the Middle Ages, books were written by hand. View some of the wonderful artwork and handwriting of these scribes by clicking on
of Oxford Images
Mostly Medieval – Here you will find information on heraldry, myths and legends, religion, medicine, and other aspects of life in Britain during the Middle Ages.
Eyewitness to History: The Black Death – Coming out of the East, the Black Death reached the shores of Italy in the spring of 1348 unleashing a rampage of death across Europe unprecedented in recorded history. By the time the epidemic played itself out three years later, anywhere between 25% and 50% of Europe’s population had fallen victim to the pestilence.
Castles on the Web
Castles of Britain
Castles of Wales
Medieval Siege –
Here we describe some of the major weapons and strategies used in what became
a medieval arms race. Let the siege begin.
The Crusades and the Rise of Islam
Eleanor of Aquitaine – Female Hero from the Time of the Crusades
The Renaissance – What inspired this age of balance and order?
The Renaissance Connection, the Allentown Art Museum’s interactive educational
web site. With the simple click of a mouse button, travel 500 years into the
past to discover many Renaissance innovations revealed through the Allentown
Art Museum’s Samuel H. Kress Collection of European art.
Exploring Leonardo Da Vinci
Leonardo Da Vinci biography
Sistine Chapel Virtual Tour – Take the virtual tour of the Sistine Chapel without the crowds and with all the time you need. The tour has 325 breathtaking images.
The Reformation in the Medieval Sourcebook
The Scientific Revolution
Standard 7.10 – Students analyze the historical developments of the Scientific
Revolution and its lasting effect on religious, political, and cultural institutions.
Nicolaus Copernicus – The father of astronomy
Sir Francis Bacon – Sir Francis Bacon was an English lawyer, statesman, essayist, historian, intellectual reformer, philosopher, and champion of modern science
Inventors and Inventions – Search for inventors and inventions by name, historical era, country, or field. Under A you will find everything from adhesive tape to Archimedes with a working level demonstrated. Each entry is a brief encyclopedic description, many enhanced by pictures.
Sir Isaac Newton – Read about the man who discovered gravity
Why Explorers Explored the World – This site has factual information, timelines, links for pictures and much more information
The Columbus Navigation Homepage – Examining the History, Navigation, and Landfall of Christopher Columbus
Spanish Exploration and Conquest of Native America – Here is the conquest of
America from a Native American perspective. Cabeza de Vaca’s eight years
in North America, starting in 1528, set the stage for Hernando de Soto to lead an army of settlers from Havana, Spain’s “Ellis Island,” into America in the 1540’s. This is an extensive site with maps and primary source materials.
John Locke – English philosopher
Declaration of the Rights of Man and of the Citizen – This is a translation of the document written by the Marquis de Lafayette with the help of Thomas Jefferson in 1789. It was signed by Louis XVI but only under duress.