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Lewis and Clark were instructed
by President Jefferson to:

A. Map a new route to the Pacific Ocean
B. Make contact with the Native Americans
C. Obtain specimens for further study
D. Keep a full record of activities during the Expedition

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From the Journals of
Lewis and Clark
Lewis & Clark 101
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Thomas Jefferson & Louisiana Purchase
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Lewis & Clark with Sacagawea
Lewis & Clark Among the Tribes
York, Clark's man-servant
Seaman, Lewis' Dog
Clark as Cartographer
Lewis as Botanist
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Courts Martial
Geology on the Lewis and Clark Trail
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Lewis and Clark 1806
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18. Ponca State Park - Interpretive sign and trail.

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19. Missouri National Recreational River - A 59-mile segment from Ponca State Park to Gavins Point Dam that still exhibits the conditions encountered by the Expedition.

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20. Ionia Volcano - On August 24, 1804, Clark recorded: "Those bluffs appear to have been lately on fire." Access permitted by private landowner. Interpretive sign in Newcastle city park.

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21. Spirit Mound - On August 25, 1804, Lewis and Clark walked to this conical hill which the Indians believed to be the residence of "little people or Spirits." Interpretive sign along State Route 19 about 7 miles north of Vermillion.

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22. Calumet Bluff - The Expedition’s council with the Yankton Sioux at this site is interpreted nearby at Gavins Point Dam Visitor Center and at Lewis and Clark State Recreation Area, South Dakota

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23. Gavins Point Dam Visitor Center - Lewis and Clark interpretation Center (Yankton, SD).

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24. Farm Island State Recreation Area - Visitor center; Lewis and Clark monument and interpretive shelter.
GPS Coordinates : 44 20.25 N    -   100 16. 45 W

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25. Teton Council Site - Lewis and Clark held a council with the Teton Sioux on September 25, 1804, at the mouth of the Bad River. Later in the day and again 2 days later, hostile actions of the Teton warriors created confrontations that nearly came to armed conflict.

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26. Site of Fort Manuel - Location of Missouri Fur Company post where Sacagawea died December 20, 1812. No public access. Interpretive sign on bluff along State Route 1806 south of Kenel.
GPS Coordinates:  45 30.97 N  -   100 29.26 W

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