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The Journals of Lewis and Clark Summary
Meriwether Lewis and William Clark

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The Journals of Lewis and Clark Summary

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The Corps of Discovery, a crew of over 40 men led by Captain Clark, leaves Camp Dubois in Wood River, Illinois, on May 14, 1804. They are traveling aboard 3 boats: 1 huge 55 feet long keelboat and two pirogues. They pick up their co-captain, Meriwether Lewis, in St-Louis. On May 25, they reach the last settlement of white men on the MIssouri River, a agglomeration of seven habitations named La Charette. On the Fourth of July, they celebrate by firing the cannon of the keelboat and drinking in a creek they christen Independence Creek.

On August 3rd, the Corps officially meets with a small delegation of Oto and Missouri Indians. The Captains use diplomacy to convince the Indians to keep the peace with the neighboring tribes in exchange for prosperity guaranteed by the United States. Sergeant Charles Floyd dies from illness in Sioux City, Iowa, on August 20. A few days later in Dakota, the...

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