Lewis and Clark and the Corps of Discovery – Part 5

Lewis and Clark on the Lower Columbia
Lewis and Clark on the Lower Columbia by Charles Marion Russell

In part 5 of our series, Lewis and Clark and the Corps of Discovery will fight their way over the Rocky Mountains, and then descend the Columbia River, reaching the Pacific Coast in November of 1805. None of it was easy. The Corps faced starvation, potentially hostile natives and disaster.

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Lewis and Clark and the Corps of Discovery – Part 4

At Three ForksIn April of 1805, Lewis and Clark and the Corps of Discovery set out for the Pacific Coast. The summer and fall would be spent traveling up the Missouri River, and then trying to find a way to cross the great Rocky Mountains.

Part four in our series details these adventures, including the Corps’ discovery of the Great Falls of the Missouri, and the reaching of Three Forks – the headwaters of the Missouri.

Lewis and Clark

This statue of Lewis and Clark is found in Great Falls, Montana. Of course, Seaman gets to be part of the statue as well – because dogs are cool. (Image @ of Matt Breen).

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Lewis and Clark and the Corps of Discovery – Part 3

Big White
Mandan Chief Big White

In part three of our series on Lewis and Clark and the Corps of Discovery, in the late summer and fall of 1804, the American expedition headed into the lands of the powerful Sioux nation, aiming to reach the Mandan Villages – the home of the Mandan people.

The Corps would encounter four major native American tribes during this phase of the journey, and nearly come into conflict with the powerful Teton Sioux.

They would spend the winter at with the Mandan people, at Fort Mandan, near modern-day Bismarck, North Dakota.

Below is a modern-day recreation of Fort Mandan.

Fort Mandan

The map below shows the expedition’s route up the Missouri.

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Images courtesy of Wikipedia.

Lewis and Clark and the Corps of Discovery – Part 2

Lewis and Clark Stamp
150th anniversary stamp of the Lewis and Clark expedition

In this episode, Lewis and Clark and the Corps of Discovery head up the Missouri River in the spring of 1804. We take time to learn about life in the Corps as they push toward the native Indian nations that lay ahead of them.

The map below shows the expedition’s route up the Missouri – including the spot where Sergeant Floyd died.

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Images courtesy of Wikipedia.

Lewis and Clark and the Corps of Discovery – Part 1

Lewis and ClarkIn Part 1 of our series, Meriwether Lewis and William Clark prepare to lead the Corps of Discovery west in an attempt to reach the Pacific Ocean. In this episode, we go into the background of the Louisiana Territory, discuss the man most responsible for the expedition (Thomas Jefferson), and look into the backgrounds of Lewis and Clark. We then get the two men to St. Louis as they assemble their expedition – and prepare to head into the unknown.

Below is a map showing the general boundaries of the major North American powers after the United States purchased the Louisiana Territory from France in 1803. It also shows the route of the Lewis and Clark Expedition.

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Nellie Bly and the Race Around the World – Part 3

Nellie Bly
A woodcut image of Nellie Bly’s homecoming reception in Jersey City printed in Frank Leslie’s Illustrated News on February 8, 1890.

In January of 1890, Nellie Bly sailed from Japan in her race around the world. And while the ocean voyage would present its own challenges, a massive snowstorm in the American west would threaten Bly’s attempt to defeat Phileas Fogg – as well as her rival – Elizabeth Bisland.

This is the third – and final – part of our series on Nellie Bly.

Resources

Here is a list of some of the best resources used for creating this podcast.

Eighty Days: Nellie Bly and Elizabeth Bisland’s History-Making Race Around the World by Matthew Goodman is the best chronicle of Bly’s journey that I found. It also goes into depth regarding the lives of Bly and Bisland.

Around the World in Seventy-Two Days is an online version of Bly’s book that she wrote after the journey.

In Seven Stages: A Flying Trip Around the World is Bisland’s version of the global adventure.

Wikipedia has an excellent over of the life of Nellie Bly.

Nellie Bly’s Route

Below is a map showing the route taken by Nellie Bly in her journey around the world.

Nellie Bly's Route

All images courtesy of Wikipedia.

Nellie Bly and the Race Around the World – Part 2

Nellie Bly
Publicity Photo of Nellie Bly

In part 2 of our series, journalist Nellie Bly sets out from Calais, France, by train, to the city of Brindisi on the eastern coast of Italy. After that, it is a steamship through the Suez Canal and on to Asia as she strives to best Phileas Fogg from the novel “Around the World in 80 Days.” Meanwhile, here rival, Elizabeth Bisland, lands in Japan, and heads west through Asia toward Europe in an attempt to upstage Bly.

The Following is a rough map of Nellie Bly’s trip around the world, which started in New York City. Not all the stops are included – and the route is an approximation. But it should give you a basic idea of Bly’s route.

Nellie Bly's Route