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The great Kansas prairies lay to the west. Here, the crew celebrated the Fourth of July, 1804, near modern-day Atchison, Kansas. The men fired guns for the holiday and danced to fiddle music played by one of the French boatmen. Everyone knew they should expect greater adventures ahead, as well as additional hardships. Review and Write 1. What type of information did the Corps of Discovery record on their way up the Missouri River? 2. Describe some of the men who participated in the Corps of Discovery.

Despite their clashes, longtime contact between Russian men and Aleut women produced a significant number of “Russian creoles,” who often played significant roles in the Alaskan fur trade as traders, interpreters, company clerks, and explorers. By 1784, Russian merchant, Gregory Shelikhov, established the first permanent Russian settlement in Alaska. By the turn of the century, the RussianAmerican Company had established a series of fur trading bases stretching from Alaska as far south as Fort Ross, just north of San Francisco Bay.

During one February hunting trip, Clark led more than half the expedition’s men 20 miles down the frozen Missouri for a week. This produced 3,000 pounds of meat, but much of it was stolen by a band of Teton Sioux, numbering close to 100 warriors. Among those Indians who arrived were the Gros Ventres, a western tribe. They told Lewis and Clark that they would have to cross high mountains on horseback to get to the Columbia River, which flowed to the Pacific Coast. The captains knew they would have to buy horses from the Shoshone.

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