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On the afternoon of a showery day, the boats leave Camp River Dubois stopping near an island six miles up the Missouri River. Clark, Ordway, Floyd, Gass, and Whitehouse begin journaling their voyage of discovery.

Capt Clark Set out at 3 oClock P. M. for the western expedition.    one Gun fired.    a nomber of Citizens see us Start.    the party consisted of 3 Sergeants & 38 Good hands, which maned the Batteaux and two pearogue

John Ordway

Red and white pirogues

Painting of the red and white perogue

Painting previously located in Southern Hills Mall, Sioux City, Iowa and created by by Split Rock Studios.

The Kickapoo calls a certain water plant with a large Circular floating leaf found in the ponds and marshes in the neighbourhood of Kaskaskias & Cahokia—Po-kish'-a-co-mah, of the root of this plant the Indians prepare an agreable dish, the root when taken in it's green state is from 8 to 14 inches in circumpherence    is dryed by being exposed to the sun and air or at other times with a slow fire or smoke of the chimnies, it shrinks much in drying—

Meriwether Lewis

American lotus, Nelumbo lutea

Bulb and lily pads in pond

Photo ©2011 Vmenkov. Permission via the GNU Free Documentation License.

There is also another root found in mashey lands or ponds which is much used by the Kickapoos Chipaways and any other nations as an article of food    it is called by the Chipeways Moc-cup-pin

Meriwether Lewis

White water lily, Nymphaea oderata tuberosa

Bulb and lily pads in pond

Photo ©2007 Sharon Mollerus. Permission via the Creative Commons 2.0 License.