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Lewis and Clark-Part I

Today, we finished our examination of American expansion and land organization. Students learned about the Northwest Ordinance (1787), which created a step-by-step process towards self-governance and statehood for western areas. This transitioned into a quick look at Napoleon’s plan to invade the United States via the Louisiana territory, which was thwarted by his defeat in Haiti by both Toussant L’ouveture and local mosquitoes. These events ultimately allowed the United States to purchase Louisiana, which doubled the size of America. We ended the class by discussing the origins of the Lewis and Clark expedition, but did not get to the actual journey. This section of North Dakota History is particularly interesting for me, as I worked for a summer at the Lewis and Clark State Historic Site near Hartford, IL, which is the first site on the trail.

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  1. October 13, 2009 at 10:05 pm

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