I think that the webpage, http://www.history.com/topics/exploration-of-north-america, is valid and good for our topic. First of all, its final score was sixteen points. To start off with evaluating the page, the information was helpful and important. Though the actual page itself only had two pages, it included many helpful links related to our topic throughout the page. On top of there being a lot of information, the information was important and related to our topic in the sense that it included many explorers and how they all “discovered” America. So in this category, the page received a five put of five. The next category was whether or not the page had a sponsoring organization which was reliable. In this case, article was featured on History.com, which has a very good reputation of being accurate. The article had many links which led the reader to many different parts of History.com, all in which are reliable and similar to our class topic. Though it lacked an “about us” link, the website still seemed very accurate and reliable, especially since the information on the site was very similar to the primary sources which we looked at in class, thus giving it a four out of five. Next, the author of the article was given, but there was no information about the author on the page. Though this category only received a three out of five, there is still one more category to cover. This is how modern the article is. Though no exact date was given in the article, the website had a copyright date of 1996-2013. So this means that the article was most likely checked out and updated if needed to be sometime this year. So the final score for that category was a four. Over all, the website received a 16 out of 20 meaning that is mostly valid and a good source to use.
Another source that I looked at which was mostly valid was http://library.thinkquest.org/4034/timeline2.html. It included a lot of links full of information about different explorers. Also, this information was all relevant and reliable, too. So that scored a five out of five on this category. Next, the organization’s name was prominent on the top of the webpage. It links you to the ThinkQuest’s about the site page which gives a lot of information about the page. So after scoring another five in this category, the next category did well, too. The ThinkQuest “about the site” page gives a list of numerous artists and contributors to the website. Though it doesn’t fully explain each contributor’s role, it does mention that the site has won some awards. So over all, I gave this category a four out of five due to the lack of information about the author. Finally, the webpage didn’t do very well in the last category. The website states that it was last updated on October 5th, 2001 with a copyright of 1998-2001. The page also states that it was discontinued in July of 2013. So I only gave the page a two in this category because even though the page lists its updates, it hasn’t been updated in a while and will never be again. So the page scored a 16 out of 20.
I think that instead of celebrating Columbus Day, we should celebrate the accomplishments of Amerigo Vespucci. He was very interested in finding a new, quicker way to Asia by sailing west, much like Columbus, and he went on at least two voyages to the New World. He may have even been on four voyages. It was after these journey when Vespucci was officially the first to come up with the theory that Columbus didn’t discover Asia, but rather a whole new world which has never been officially colonized by Europeans before. He also went on several voyages to different parts of the new world, including Brazil and Venezuela. He actually landed on the South American Continent itself. Columbus just landed on islands. To receive this information on Vespucci, I used the http://library.thinkquest.org/4034/timeline2.html source. It provided me with this information which I was then able to use to explain why a new Federal Holiday should replace Columbus Day in honor of Vespucci and his discoveries.