For July 4, I thought it might be appropriate to see what a couple of famous explorers in American history were doing on that day.
Captains Meriwether Lewis and William Clark actually spent three July 4ths on the trail: 1804, 1805, and 1806. They were exploring the northwest as per the instructions of president Thomas Jefferson. Jefferson had just acquired the entire Louisiana Purchase from France in 1803, which effectively doubled the size of the U.S.
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