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U.S. History Topics » Famous People » Explorers

Lewis and Clark: Mapping the West

features maps of the famous expedition. The Corps of Discovery collected 30 maps from Indians, trappers, and traders, and prepared 140 maps -- most of them drawn or compiled by Clark. The website shows the King map (created for the expedition) and the first map displaying their geographical discoveries. Descriptions of expedition members, life on the trail, and help provided by Indian tribes are included. (Smithsonian Institution)

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Interesting Fact:

The Lewis and Clark expedition supplied a great amount of detail for the map of the northwestern U.S., which had been sparse up until that time. The maps developed greatly expanded the view of the Rocky Mountains and provided more accurate positioning of some of the western rivers.
The Route of the Corps of Discovery, courtesy of Florentine Films

Route of the Corps

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