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14 May
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Lewis and Clark depart [On This Day]

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On this day in 1804 Lewis and Clark began their famous expedition.

The Lewis and Clark expedition was only the third recorded transcontinental crossing of North America north of Mexico by a person not of the indigenous peoples of the Americas, having been preceded to the Pacific coast (on July 20, 1793) by a Canadian expedition led by explorer Sir Alexander Mackenzie. Mackenzie had previously crossed North America in 1789 as well, but had turned north at the Continental Divide, also becoming the first European to reach the western Arctic Ocean. In 1536 Cabeza de Vaca and four others of the Narváez expedition reached the Pacific Ocean after crossing the continent through parts of present-day USA. [Wikipedia]

Image credit: Shmaktyc ['?m?k-tus]

Learn more:
The Journals of Lewis and Clark (Lewis & Clark Expedition)
Lewis & Clark – The Journey of the Corps of Discovery DVD
National Geographic – Lewis & Clark – Great Journey West DVD
The Essential Lewis and Clark (Lewis & Clark Expedition)

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