By Steve Kovacs (Introduction by Chuck Gibson)

LOVELAND, OH (May 14, 2021) – In Issue 2021-93 of Steve Kovacs Fun with Maps, we go on expedition with a dynamic duo of famous explorers.

A Big Adventure

The Louisiana Purchase was the greatest land acquisition of the young United States.  This new land was largely unexplored at the time by the young nation.

To correct that, President Thomas Jefferson enlisted the help (well, paid help) of Meriwether Lewis and William Clark.  The two explorers met up in Louisville, Kentucky in the summer of 1803 to organize themselves.  They then traveled down the Ohio and up the Mississippi and gathered the necessary support folks and provisions.

Lewis and Clark set off on their epic journey from Camp Dubois located near St. Louis in present day Illinois in 1804 on this day.

They explored and documented their findings traveling the northern portions of the Louisiana Purchase and past that all the way to where the Columbia River’s mouth meets the Pacific Ocean.   The pair then returned to St. Louis in 1806 with a few scrapes and bruises plus a few deaths.  They got to know many of the native tribes along the journey.

Here is Mitchell’s 1850 map of the US West, showing very large Oregon, Utah and New Mexico Territories, plus California.  The map also shows the tracts of Lewis and Clark.

1850 map of the US West, – Cal, Oregon, Utah, and NM (Credit Steve Kovacs)

Steve Kovacs and his wife Theresa reside in Loveland, Ohio where they raised their two children. He is a passionate collector of antique maps.

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