I say old chum, shall we saunter off and spy what is on the other side of the mountain?
Meriwether Lewis and William Clark. We know all about them, don't we? As kids, we learned about them in school. but, we didn't learn the truth.
Did you know that, most of the native tribes they expedition encountered gave their daughters and wives up for a round of hanky-panky? They believed they spirits of the white men would transfer to the women, and then to the men through sex. But, what actually transferred was syphilis.
And, while they travelled up the Missouri river, Bison, Elk, beaver and Deer were plentiful. The men would eat an average of 9 pounds of meat a day. But once they crossed the divide, food became scarce. Dog was the preferred meat. The men traded with natives for dogs to keep them fed. William Clark was the only man who refused to eat a dog.
Sacajawea didn't really guide the expedition. She was useful as an interpreter and helped identify edible plants, but she was along solely because of her husband who was the actual guide.
Their contemporaries didn't think the Lewis and Clark expedition was that big a deal. it wasn't until the early 20th century that the credit for their exploration was turned into a big deal. The history books of the time don't even mention them.
Maybe that's why Meriwether Lewis Killed himself.
Anyway, sorry for the rushed post, but I have zero time, and I need to leave for work, and this needs to be published in 2 minutes. I'll do better for tomorrow, because tomorrows post is an extra special super duper post!