Fact, Fiction, and the New World: The Role of Books in the Making of America. The availability of books and the spread of literacy profoundly influenced the discovery of the New World. Looking for people, places, and things that were described in books, explorers defined their encounters by referring to names and ideas from popular stories and ancient legends. This Humanities Texas traveling exhibition will encourage people to think about the power of stories and the lure of new found lands. This exhibition highlights the ways in which books determined what people looked for in the New World and how they interpreted what they did see.
A traveling exhibition funded by Humanities Texas an affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.