By Steve Kovacs (Introduction by Chuck Gibson)

LOVELAND, OH (August 18, 2022) – In Issue 2022-146 of Steve Kovacs Fun with Maps, we celebrate the birth of a celebrated explorer.


Today is Meriwether Lewis’ birthday (1774 – in Virginia).  He and fellow officer Clark led the epic expedition into the upper reaches of the Louisiana Purchase, and beyond.

Lewis and Clark’s expeditionary team set off from near St. Louis in 1804 on their two-year journey through today’s Dakotas, Montana, Idaho, Washington and Oregon to the Pacific and back.

Thomas Jefferson commissioned the expedition into the newly acquired land from France — the Louisiana Purchase of 1803.  The hope was to find a waterway to the Pacific.   That didn’t happen given the Rockies were in the way.

Lewis and Clark and several expeditions following them gave the new nation of United States a glimpse what did lay beyond the mighty Mississippi River, and the rush to the west was ignited.

This map of the west by Mitchell shows four vast Territories of Utah, New Mexico, Washington and Oregon, together with California from 1856.  It also traces the path of Lewis and Clark.

California & Western territories – 1856

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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