Powell's Hernando de Soto and United States History http://xroads.virginia.edu/~CAP/DESOTO/dsintro.html
The William Powell painting Discovery of the Mississippi by De Soto, A. D. 1541. Includes links to essays about the painting and other murals in the Capitol rotunda.
A detailed biography of Hakluyt.
1492 - Christopher Columbus
A brief background on the Columbus controversy with links to scanned images of the Columbus Coat of Arms and the Book of Priveledges.