Colonialism

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

    • Pilgrim Hall Museum
    • Christopher Columbus - an internet resource for the life and times of Columbus from the Franciscan Archive
    • 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

Native People

    • Onondaga Nation
    • The Modoc People - learn more about Modoc people with this interesting link from the National Park Service.
    • 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

    • Prentice Hall Literature: The American Experience - Selected Textbook Resources:
        • Poem: "Huswifery"- p. 94


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