As a part of our American History studies this year, we are entrenched this week in the study of the explorers of Early America. On a whim, I picked up a copy of Drive Thru History: Episodes 1-3 from our local library (my favorite place to shop).
I couldn't have been more surprised (or pleased!) when I arrived home and noticed the Focus on the Family stamp on the back of the DVD case. We settled in at the end of our school day to view the first episode, which covered Christopher Columbus, the Khan-Polo Connection, Florence and Amerigo Vespucci.
It was even better than I had hoped.
Not only was the content thorough and well-presented, but the series manages to weave the importance of Christian figures throughout. What a pleasant surprise!
Sure, everyone recognizes the names of the Nina, Pinta and Santa Maria. But do you know what motivated Columbus to choose the name Santa Maria for one of his vessels?
And, if I remember my own school days correctly, our great land derives its name from the explorer Vespucci. But do you know where he got his name?
The people at Coldwater Media are on to something good. Take a look and see.
From Episode 1-The Discovery:
From Episode 2-The Pilgrims
From Episode 3-Boston and the Revolution
Additional trailers and discussion guides are available at the Drive Thru History site.