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Background imageExploration Collection: Viking ship at sea

Viking ship at sea
Norsemen at sea following their raven pilot. Hand-colored halftone reproduction of a 19th-century illustration

Background imageExploration Collection: Captain Cook killed by Hawaiian natives, 1779

Captain Cook killed by Hawaiian natives, 1779
Death of English explorer Captain James Cook in the Sandwich Islands (Hawaii), 1779. Hand-colored woodcut reproduction of a painting

Background imageExploration Collection: Spanish galleon at sea

Spanish galleon at sea
Spanish galleon, an improved caravel three times longer than wide, used in the 1500s and 1600s. Hand-colored woodcut of a 19th-century illustration

Background imageExploration Collection: Shackletons Manchurian ponies, Antarctica, 1908

Shackletons Manchurian ponies, Antarctica, 1908
Manchurian ponies used by Shackleton in the Antarctic, 1908-09. Hand-colored halftone reproduction of a photograph

Background imageExploration Collection: Undersea exploration in 16th-century Europe

Undersea exploration in 16th-century Europe
Underwater diver and man-at-arms, France, 1532. Hand-colored woodcut of a 19th century illustration

Background imageExploration Collection: Fleet of Viking raiders in the Middle Ages

Fleet of Viking raiders in the Middle Ages
Viking ships at sea with warriors on board. Hand-colored woodcut of a 19th-century illustration

Background imageExploration Collection: Phoenician ship in the Mediterranean

Phoenician ship in the Mediterranean
Phoenician galley passing the Rock of Gibraltar. Hand-colored woodcut of a 19th-century illustration

Background imageExploration Collection: Daniel Boone

Daniel Boone
Portrait of Daniel Boone wearing a coonskin cap. Digitally colored woodcut reproduction of a 19th-century illustration

Background imageExploration Collection: EXPL2A-00014

EXPL2A-00014
Ptolemys map of the world, illustrating a concept of the flat earth. Hand-colored 19th-century woodcut reproduction

Background imageExploration Collection: Dutch ships in the Arctic, 1600s

Dutch ships in the Arctic, 1600s
Dutch ships of Henry Hudsons time near Novaya Zemlya, early 1600s. Hand-colored 19th-century woodcut reproduction of an earlier illustration

Background imageExploration Collection: EXPL2A-00238

EXPL2A-00238
Danish Viking ship " Raven" at sea, showing oars and sails. Hand-colored woodcut of a 19th-century illustration

Background imageExploration Collection: Schwatkas discovery of Franklin expedition grave, 1880

Schwatkas discovery of Franklin expedition grave, 1880
Grave of Franklin Expedition member Lt. John Irving found by Schwatkas American search party in Greenland, 1880. Hand-colored woodcut of a 19th century illustration

Background imageExploration Collection: Ships off the Antarctic ice-shelf, 1800s

Ships off the Antarctic ice-shelf, 1800s
Two sailing-ships near the ice-shelf of Antarctica, 1800s. Hand-colored woodcut of a 19th-century illustration

Background imageExploration Collection: EXPL2A-00128

EXPL2A-00128
Landing of Jean Nicolet on the Wisconsin shore of Lake Michigan, 1634, the first European to reach that region. Hand-colored halftone of a 19th-century illustration

Background imageExploration Collection: Native Americans meet Lewis and Clark at Council Bluffs

Native Americans meet Lewis and Clark at Council Bluffs
Lewis and Clark meeting with Native Americans at Council Bluffs, Iowa. Hand-colored woodcut by Patrick Goss, a member of the expedition

Background imageExploration Collection: EXPL2A-00284

EXPL2A-00284
Early map of Hudsons Strait and Hudsons Bay, 1662, in Arctic Canada. Hand-colored 19th-century woodcut reproduction

Background imageExploration Collection: Missouri River near Mandan, North Dakota

Missouri River near Mandan, North Dakota
Missouri River between Pierre and Mandan, North Dakota, explored by Lewis and Clark. Photograph

Background imageExploration Collection: Dr Livingstones African servants, 1800s

Dr Livingstones African servants, 1800s
Chuma and Susi, David Livingstones loyal African servants, 1870s. Hand-colored woodcut of a 19th-century illustration

Background imageExploration Collection: EXPL2A-00366

EXPL2A-00366
Map of equatorial Africa as known in the 1870s. Printed color lithograph, 19th century

Background imageExploration Collection: Vasco da Gamas route around Africa, 1400s

Vasco da Gamas route around Africa, 1400s
Africa as known after Vasco da Gamas discoveries, from map of Juan de la Cosa, 1500. Hand-colored woodcut reproduction

Background imageExploration Collection: Sir Richard Burton en route to Mecca, 1850s

Sir Richard Burton en route to Mecca, 1850s
British explorer Richard Burton disguised as a Muslim pilgrim in Arabia. Color lithograph reproduction of a 19th-century illustration

Background imageExploration Collection: EXPL2A-00146

EXPL2A-00146
Marco Polo welcomed at the court of Kublai Khan in China, 1200s. Hand-colored halftone of a 19th-century illustration

Background imageExploration Collection: EXPL2A-00184

EXPL2A-00184
Part of the 1613 Samuel de Champlain map of New France. Hand-colored woodcut of a 19th-century reproduction of the original ma

Background imageExploration Collection: EXPL2A-00169

EXPL2A-00169
John C. Fremonts second western expedition at Pyramid Lake, Nevada, 1842-1843. Hand-colored woodcut of a 19th-century illustration

Background imageExploration Collection: Florida explored by De Soto, 1539

Florida explored by De Soto, 1539
Bivouac of De Sotos expedition in the Florida wilderness, 1539. Hand-colored woodcut of a 19th-century illustration

Background imageExploration Collection: EXPL2A-00034

EXPL2A-00034
Leif Erikssen off the coast of Vineland in a Viking landing boat. Hand-colored photogravure of a 19th-century illustration

Background imageExploration Collection: Ship in the 1600s

Ship in the 1600s
Sailing-ship of the seventeenth century. Hand-colored 19th-century woodcut reproduction of an earlier illustration

Background imageExploration Collection: Use of a quadrant for navigation

Use of a quadrant for navigation
Sailor sighting on a star with a quadrant for navigation. Hand-colored woodcut of a 19th-century illustration

Background imageExploration Collection: Dutch galleons, 1600s

Dutch galleons, 1600s
Dutch traders galleons at sea in the 1600s. Hand colored 19th-century woodcut reproduction of an earlier illustration

Background imageExploration Collection: Sailing-ships at sea

Sailing-ships at sea
Sailing ships on the high seas. Hand-colored woodcut of a 19th-century illustration

Background imageExploration Collection: Sea battle in the Middle Ages

Sea battle in the Middle Ages
Ships of the thirteenth century, with forecastles, sterncastles, and fighting-tops. Hand-colored woodcut of a 19th-century illustration

Background imageExploration Collection: French colonists building a ship, South Carolina, 1560s

French colonists building a ship, South Carolina, 1560s
Shipbuilding at Archers Creek, South Carolina, by French colonists left behind by Ribault, 1562. Hand-colored woodcut of a 19th-century illustration

Background imageExploration Collection: Ship of explorer James Cook, 1700s

Ship of explorer James Cook, 1700s
Captain James Cooks ship " Discovery." Hand-colored woodcut from a drawing by E. W. Cook, R.A

Background imageExploration Collection: PMYT2A-00003

PMYT2A-00003
Sea serpent of Hans Egidius. Hand colored woodcut of a 19th-century illustration

Background imageExploration Collection: Flag of France, 1700s

Flag of France, 1700s
French flag marking La Verendrye expeditions claim of the northern Great Plains for France in 1743, Pierre, South Dakota. Digital photograph

Background imageExploration Collection: Pizarro capturing Inca stronghold in Peru, 1533

Pizarro capturing Inca stronghold in Peru, 1533
Pizarros assault on the Inca fortress of Sacsahuaman, Peru, 1533. Hand-colored woodcut of a 19th-century illustration

Background imageExploration Collection: EXPL2A-00112

EXPL2A-00112
Spanish priests destroying Aztec idols in Mexico. Hand-colored woodcut of a 19th-century illustration

Background imageExploration Collection: Brazilian cannibalism, 1500s

Brazilian cannibalism, 1500s
Natives eating and cooking human flesh, northern Brazil, circa 1500. Hand-colored woodcut reproduction of a 16th-century illustration

Background imageExploration Collection: Incas battling Spanish conquistadors in Peru

Incas battling Spanish conquistadors in Peru
Manco Inca Yupanqui leads attack on the Spanish in Cusco, Peru, 1536. Hand-colored halftone reproduction of a 19th-century illustration

Background imageExploration Collection: EXPL2A-00294

EXPL2A-00294
Tenochtitlan, capital city of Aztec Mexico, an Island connected by causeways to land, 1520s. Hand-colored 19th-century woodcut reproduction of an early Spanish colonial map

Background imageExploration Collection: Inca leader Atahualpa sentenced to execution, 1533

Inca leader Atahualpa sentenced to execution, 1533
Spanish conqueror Pizarro orders the Inca ruler Atahualpa to be led instantly to execution in Peru, 1533. Hand-colored woodcut of a 19th-century illustration

Background imageExploration Collection: Rio de la Plata, 1698

Rio de la Plata, 1698
Mouth of the Rio de la Plata in South America, in a map of 1698. Hand-colored woodcut of a 19th-century illustration

Background imageExploration Collection: Callao, Peru, under Spanish rule, 1620

Callao, Peru, under Spanish rule, 1620
Spanish colonial port of Callao, Peru, circa 1620. Hand-colored woodcut reproduction of a 17th-century illustration

Background imageExploration Collection: EXPL2A-00173

EXPL2A-00173
Spanish conquistador on a horse with foal - the origin of the horse in colonial America. Hand-colored woodcut of a 19th-century Frederic Remington illustration

Background imageExploration Collection: Dutch map of New Netherland and New England

Dutch map of New Netherland and New England
New Netherland and New England, circa 1630. Hand-colored 19th-century woodcut reproduction of DeLaets map

Background imageExploration Collection: EXPL2A-00194

EXPL2A-00194
Father Jacques Marquette holding a peace pipe to greet Native Americans during his journey to the upper Mississippi River, 1673. Hand-colored woodcut of a 19th-century illustration

Background imageExploration Collection: DeSoto expedition retreating down the Mississippi, 1542

DeSoto expedition retreating down the Mississippi, 1542
Spaniards descending Mississippi River after De Sotos death, 1542. Hand-colored woodcut of a 19th-century illustration

Background imageExploration Collection: French map of the Great Lakes, 1703

French map of the Great Lakes, 1703
La Hontans map of the Great Lakes and Saint Lawrence valley, 1703. Hand-colored 19th-century woodcut reproduction of an 18th century illustration



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