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On this day in Lewis & Clark history...

The men are in high spirits as they realize their stay at Fort Mandan will soon come to an end. Clark reports that the men are healthy except for venereal disease which is common in the area.

From the journals...

all the party in high Spirits   they pass but fiew nights without amuseing themselves danceing possessing perfect harmony and good understanding towards each other    Generally healthy except venerials complains which is verry Commion amongst the natives and the men Catch it from them

William Clark

Dancing with the Mandan

Painting of the Corp dancing in a Mandan lodge

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