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On this day in Lewis & Clark history...

The Expedition arrives at the Mandan/Hidatsa villages where they had spent the winter of 1804-05. While Lewis recovers from his gunshot wound, Clark meets with several chiefs. Clark invites the Chiefs to join them on their journey home.

From the journals...

directed the Canoes to cross the river to a brook opposit where we Should be under the wind and in a plain where we would be Clear of musquetors

William Clark

Knife River from the Mandan Villages

Missouri plains and small river

The inhabitants of all the villages appeared very glad to see us, and sent us presents of corn, beans and squashes.

Patrick Gass

Corn squash, and beans

Display of Indian corn, beans, and squash

Photo of a display at Knife River Indian Villages.