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On this day in Lewis & Clark history...

Clerks from both the North West and Hudson Bay companies pay an official visit to Fort Mandan. They seek information as to the United State's intentions in the recently acquired Louisiana Territory. Clark learns about the Echinacea root.

From the journals...

Three of the traders from the N. W. Company came to our fort, and brought a letter to our commanding officers. They remained with us all night. The object of the visits we received from the N. W. Company, was to ascertain our motives for visiting that country, and to gain information with respect to the change of government.

Patrick Gass

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