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On this day in Lewis & Clark history...

The Captains give knives and tomahawks to traders as they leave the Expedition's winter camp and head up the Mississippi River in a birch bark canoe. They are bound for Mackinaw Island in present Michigan.

From the journals...

a Cloudy Day    river fall 10 Inches, the Bark Canoo set out for Mackenaeck

William Clark

Birch bark canoe

Early colonial style of birch bark canoe

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