Lewis and Clark artifacts

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  1. LaserT

    LaserT You have to have fun. Gold

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    The Lewis and Clark Expedition, also known as the Corps of Discovery Expedition, was the first American expedition to cross what is now the western portion of the United States, departing in May 1804, from near St. Louis on the Mississippi River, making their way westward through the continental divide to the Pacific coast.

    The expedition was commissioned by President Thomas Jefferson shortly after the Louisiana Purchase in 1803, consisting of a select group of U.S. Army volunteers under the command of Captain Meriwether Lewis and his close friend Second Lieutenant William Clark. Their perilous journey lasted from May 1804 to September 1806. The primary objective was to explore and map the newly acquired territory, find a practical route across the Western half of the continent, and establish an American presence in this territory before Britain and other European powers tried to claim it.

    The campaign's secondary objectives were scientific and economic: to study the area's plants, animal life, and geography, and establish trade with local Indian tribes. With maps, sketches, and journals in hand, the expedition returned to St. Louis to report their findings to Jefferson.


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    Lewis's ship-master telescope he used.

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    The pocket compass used by Clark.

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    Elk Antlers. One of the few surviving specimens sent to Thomas Jefferson from the Lewis and Clark Expedition.

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    A bear claw necklace acquired by Lewis and Clark from an Indian tribe.

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    A formal Indian dress acquired by Lewis and Clark.

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    Lewis' air gun that he shot off to signal he was entering a tribal camp.

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    More artifacts

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    Whaling Chiefs hat given to Lewis.

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    Sextant used by Lewis to measure Longitude and Latitude.

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    Camp Wood. The actual starting/sail off point of the whole expedition.

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    Vashier VIP Extreme Gold

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    and lewis committed suicide by shooting himself 2x with a flint pistol.... uh huh
     
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    It happens. Had a dude shoot half his face off and then finished the job with a second shot. 2nd shot fired as the cops arrived. Ugh....

    Lewis was fucking depressed for a long time. Even his journal during the expedition is bleak at times. Ken Burns covered his mental state quite well.
     
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    aside from the inn owner's wife changing her testimony on a person seen fleeing the scene I'd buy it. There was a general that was denied the governorship of the Louisiana purchase and despised Lewis for it. He's the odds on bet to having done Lewis in. Remember history is written by the victor.
     
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    The wife and i are blown away. Where is this collection? Brilliant
     
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    Awesome
     
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    I seems like it's a travelling one artifact wise, but one of the big ones I think is in Hartford, Illinois.
     
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    According to an October 18, 1809 letter written to Thomas Jefferson, on October 10, 1809, Lewis stopped at an inn on the Natchez Trace called Grinder's Stand, about 70 miles southwest of Nashville. After leaving dinner, he retired to his one-room cabin. In the predawn hours of October 11, the innkeeper's wife heard gunshots. Servants found Lewis badly injured from multiple gunshot wounds, one each to the head and gut. He bled out on his buffalo hide robe and died shortly after sunrise. The same account was published in the Nashville Democratic Clarion and repeated with some embellishment by newspapers across the country. The Nashville newspaper also reported that Lewis's throat was cut. Money Lewis had borrowed from Major Gilbert Russell at Fort Pickering to complete the journey was not recovered.
     
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    Yeah, no way that was a suicide.
     
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    History chan did a decent docu on this. That author that had his own scooby doo pack show did the episode.
     
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    Will have too look it up and watch. Never saw it.
     
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    soon as i recall the name of the show I'll post it.
     
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    Ken Burns left out the part about Lewis getting shot in the ass on the return journey. He was out of commission from the Great Falls back to St. Louis, leaving Clark to do most of the meet and greets with the Indians. It would have been a bummer to miss out on that victory lap down the Missouri River.

    Love the Drunk History version of the story.

    Part 1: 2 min


    Part 2: 4 min
     
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    Across the river from me, Iowa, Is the Lewis and Clark Landing. In Iowa. Also is a memorial where President Lincoln overlooked on a Bluff, where Omaha (where I live) would be built.
     
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    I always thought Lewis and Clark were two guys who got the buzzer on AGT.
     
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    Just watched them. Good stuff. Thanks :)
     
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    Outside of Great Falls along the Front a buddy and I trace the expeditions steps in late September for around ten miles every year along a certain stretch of trout water...still Grizz around. Still deer. No Blackfoot though. And an occasional rise to a fly.
     
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    I lived in Hartford Illinois for a few years. I work close to Hartford now and there is a new museum and Lewis and Clark Lookout tower. All of this was built in the past 10 years. When I was growing up they only had a small area by the levee and Mississippi River dedicated to L & C with a small plaque telling the story of the camp and launching area. They finally have built a few cool tourist attractions and museums. I wish they had all of this when I was a kid.
     
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    Totally cool that they built it up though and are giving the tourists a look into Lewis and Clark. Good stuff.
     
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