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.
In 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.
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.
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.
In 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.
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.