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Lewis and Clark Minutes | Mandan Winter

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Learn how the Lewis and Clark Expedition spent the winter of 1803-04 at Fort Mandan near the earthlodge villages of the Mandan Indians.

Lewis and Clark's North Dakota: Retracing Lewis and Clark's Steps

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Lewis and Clark’s Journey began in St. Louis in 1803.  The Corps of Discovery proceeded northwest traveling mostly by river.  Today people follow the trail that Lewis and Clark once paved into uncharted territory.

Lewis and Clark's North Dakota: Jefferson's Vision

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Thomas Jefferson had many purposes in mind when he commissioned the Lewis and Clark Expedition. Places of interest identified by Lewis and Clark became military and trading posts in future years.  Additionally, many new species of plants and animals were identified.  William Clark also produced one of the earliest maps of this region.

Lewis and Clark's North Dakota: Lewis, Clark and the Native People

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During the Lewis and Clark Expedition the Corps of Discovery met many native peoples. As winter was nearing in 1804 Lewis and Clark were traveling northward on the Missouri River toward the Mandan and Hidatsa villages at the confluence of the Knife and Missouri Rivers.

Lewis and Clark Minutes | Interpretive Center

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The exhibits at the Lewis and Clark Center explore Lewis and Clark's time spent in North Dakota and Sakakawea's role in the expedition's success.

Scandinavian Traditions | Lutefisk

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Traditional food and cooking methods is one way that North Dakotans celebrate their Scandinavian heritage and find part of their own identity in their ethnic background. “No tree grows strong by cutting off its roots.” Understanding where we come from helps us know who we are. North Dakota’s largest demographic is people of Scandinavian descent. Many people in North Dakota are aware of their roots, know who they are, and take an active role in keeping those traditions alive.

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