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U.S. History Topics » States & Regions » West

Explore the West with the Lewis and Clark Expedition

is a travel itinerary of 41 forts, Indian villages, mounds, mountain passes, trails, caves, and other sites along the 8,000-mile journey. The expedition -- launched from St. Charles, Missouri, on May 21, 1804 -- strengthened the U.S.’s knowledge and struggle for control of North America. It inspired many to move westward. The website includes essays on preparations for the journey, scientific encounters, and more. (National Register of Historic Places, National Park Service)

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Interesting Fact:

Lewis and Clark followed in the spirit, if not the footsteps, of earlier European explorers. The expeditions of Coronado, La Salle, Lewis and Clark, and John C. Fremont brought back invaluable knowledge of North America's geographic features, flora and fauna, and inhabitants -- the American Indians who were the continent's first discoverers and explorers.
Painting by Historical Artist Ron Backer entitled 'Lewis and Clark's Spirit Mound.' Painting image courtesy of Ron Backer.

Spirit Mound

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