Lewis and Clark: What Else Happened

Dscn0624In Oregon, we are on Spring Break and I am visiting the Oregon coast with my family. Yesterday we visited Fort Clatsop, a replica of the place where the Lewis and Clark expedition spent the winter of 1805-1806. The original replica burned in a fire last year, so they are currently building a replica of the replica. The visitors' center has a nice film the explains the expedition from the point of view of the Clatsop people who happened to be here when Lewis and Clark paddled down the Columbia.

This reminded me of Jim Petersen's web site, Lewis and Clark: What Else Happened. He describes it as a riff on Lewis and Clark...

It’s about simultaneity. Ever think back to an important day in your life and wonder what else happened that day? Here I’ve considered every day of the Lewis and Clark expedition as important, and looked for simultaneities. The Lewis and Clark expedition left St. Louis on May 14, 1804, and returned on September 23, 1806. For each corresponding day during 2004-2006, the weblog shorthands the expedition’s activities and then describes something else happening in American history on that day.

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