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Letter from Wild West – August 2009

Such intrepid 19th-century explorers as Joe Walker, John Wesley Powell, Benjamin Bonneville, Jedediah Smith and others explored much of the West, yet there remain corners for curious minds to explore.
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William Kidd’s Last Voyage

In the closing days of the 17th century, honest, peace-loving folk in both England and its North American colonies feared, above all, the French, divine judgment, and William Kidd.
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Marie Dorion and The Astoria Expedition

The only woman on the 1811-12 overland expedition led by Wilson Price Hunt, Marie Dorion endured more hardships than a more famous female Indian traveler, Sacagawea.
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Climbing Mount Everest

Three generations of British mountaineers committed themselves to standing where no one ever had before.
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Sacagawea: Assisted the Lewis and Clark Expedition

Details of her life remain sketchy, and the time and place of her death are still debated, but the young Indian woman who assisted Meriwether Lewis and William Clark on their great journey west has a secure place in history.
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The Corps of Discovery: After the Expedition

Its mission over, the Corps of Discovery disbanded and its members sought their own destinies. Some of them passed from the historical record, but others had adventures that made their experiences with Lewis and Clark seem almost tame by comparison.
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William Bligh

For 200 years, William Bligh has been known as the tyrant of the Bounty, but he was probably not the villain legend depicts, and the famous mutiny was just one of the many dramatic events in his stormy life.