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Meriwether Lewis was born ten miles from Monticello, the home of Thomas Jefferson, near Charlottesville, VA. In 1803 he partnered with Captain William Clark to lead the Corps of Discovery, a group of thirty-three members that traveled west in hopes of discovering the illusive Northwest Passage, a water route to the Pacific Ocean and the riches of Asia. Over the course of two and a half years, they traveled nearly 7,000 miles. Also accompanying Captain Lewis was his faithful companion Seaman, a Newfoundland dog. Seaman even survived a serious beaver bite to an artery in one of his hind legs. Private Pierre Cruzette was the Corps fiddler. His fiddling often entertained the Corps of Discovery and the Native Americans they encountered.
January 2nd, 2017
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