1600s - 1700s

Explorers, colonists and Puritans wrote of their experiences and philosophy/theology. Although not acknowledged by the European settlers, the Native Americans also recorded their experiences in poem, story and song.

Featured author for this period...

Anne Bradstreet

Anne Bradstreet

Even more to explore...

Jonathan Edwards

Early Explorers- Essays, Journals and Accounts

    • William Bradford - biography from Pilgrim Hall Museum
    • Perspectives in American Literature: William Bradford- a great research source from California State University
    • Christopher Columbus - an internet resource for the life and times of Columbus from the Franciscan Archive
    • Christopher Columbus: Man and Myth- from the Library of Congress
    • Captain John Smith - interesting article from Time magazine.
    • The Journey of Alvar Núñez Cabeza de Vaca - from PBS's New Perspectives on the West series.
    • Prentice Hall Literature: The American Experience - Selected Textbook Resources:
        • William Bradford, Excerpt from Nonfiction : "Of Plymouth Plantation"- p. 76
        • García López de Cárdenas, Nonfiction: "Boulders Taller than the Great Tower of Seville" -p. 47
        • Christopher Columbus, Excerpt from Journal: "Journal of the First Voyage to America" -p. 60
        • John Smith, Excerpt from Nonfiction : "The General History of Virginia"- p. 70
        • Alvar Núñez Cabeza de Vaca, Nonfiction: "A Journey Through Texas" - p. 42

Cotton Mather

    • Cotton Mather- an interesting site from Gonzaga University that offers links to selected works of Mather and his contemporaries.
    • Biography of Cotton Mather - from the University of Missouri- Kansas City School of Law

Native People

    • Iroquois Constitution - read the full text of the Iroquois Constitution from the University of Oklahoma Law Center.
    • Native Americans- learn about the past and present of American Indians
    • Onondaga Nation
    • The Modoc People - learn more about Modoc people with this interesting link from Minnesota State University
    • The Navajo Nation
    • Prentice Hall Literature: The American Experience - Selected Textbook Resources:
        • Onondaga Myth: "The Earth Walked on Turtle's Back" -p. 18
        • Modoc Myth: "When Grizzlies Walked Upright" - p. 21
        • Excerpt from Navajo Legend: "The Navajo Origin Legend" - p. 24
        • Iroquois Nation, Excerpt from Nonfiction: The Iroquois Constitution - p. 26
        • Text to Text Connection- Contemporary Essay by Susan Power: "Museum Indians" - p. 35

Edward Taylor

Overall "Text to World" & "Text to Text" Connections for this Literary Period