We're both glad to see all the enthusiasm that has been sparked about the Lewis and Clark expedition.
We can't answer each one of the factual questions that have flooded in, but I'll try here to address some of the mostly commonly asked ones.
by Dayton Duncan Ken Burns and I have been deeply gratified by the overwhelming public response to our PBS documentary, "Lewis & Clark: The Journey of the Corps of Discovery," and its companion book.
We've also been bowled over by the flood of interest in this web site.
He concludes (as do most historians) that it was December 20, 1812, at Fort Manuel near today's Kenel, South Dakota; not many years later, at the age of 100, on the Wind River Indian Reservation in Wyoming.
Question: What happened to Lewis's dog -- and what was his name?
Yale's Beinecke Library has a copy of the paper certificate that the captains distributed to so-called "lesser chiefs." Question: How can I find out more about the Spanish government's attempt to destroy the Lewis and Clark expedition? Question: How could they have seen pheasants, since the birds weren't introduced to North America until many years after the expedition? During the journey itself, the last batch of information from the Corps of Discovery was sent downriver with the big keelboat from the Mandan villages in April of 1805, while the captains and most of the others headed farther west.
The best source is "A Moment in Time: The West -- September 1806," by Dr. Ronda, in "Montana: The Magazine of Western History," Vol. They didn't see any pheasants, but they used the word several times in describing other birds, usually grouse. Included in the shipment was the live prairie dog the explorers had captured in South Dakota during the summer of 1804 and had kept alive in a cage in Fort Mandan.
But I firmly believe -- as do most expedition scholars I know -- that Seaman made it back to St. There's a fuller discussion about Seaman -- his role in the expedition and adventures on the trail -- on pages 26 and 27 of our companion book.
And even more in a supplemental publication of We Proceeded On , the official publication of the Lewis and Clark Trail Heritage Foundation, Inc.