A New World

Spanish, then the English, led expeditions to the new world and established colonies. As settlement expanded, forts became cabins, colonies became settlements, and communities emerged. The National Park Service preserves the places of early America. Discover the stories of the initial struggles and perseverance of a developing nation.

Map of the United States showing all units of the National Park System

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Last updated: July 18, 2017