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The 19th Century was a remarkable time for exploration. Lewis and Clark, dispatched by President Thomas Jefferson, trekked to the Pacific and back from 1804 to 1806. The search for a Northwest Passage inspired polar explorers, such as the doomed British sailors of the Franklin Expedition. And vast portions of the globe, such as the interior of Africa, were mapped by explorers and adventurers.
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  2. Lewis and Clark (8)
  3. Mapping the World (3)
  4. Northwest Passage (2)

Zebulon Pike Led Two Expeditions to the West in the Early 1800s
Zebulon Pike, an officer in the U.S. Army and an explorer, led two expeditions into the West that remain mysterious to this day. He discovered useful information about the Louisiana Purchase, but was his real purpose something quite different? Was Pike a blundering explorer cursed with bad luck, or a very skillful spy?

Henry Morton Stanley, Explorer Who Found Livingstone in Africa
Henry Morton Stanley, who uttered the famous phrase "Dr. Livingstone, I presume," is the classic 19th century explorer. Wearing a pith helmet and leading expeditions through uncharted territory in Africa, the former newspaper reporter made major discoveries and his books brought the wonders of Africa to the reading public.

The Chronology of the Lewis and Clark Expedition
Thomas Jefferson began dreaming of an expedition to the Pacific as early as 1792, but it wasn't until he was president that he could make his dream a reality. The expedition from St. Louis to the Pacific Ocean and back would take two years. But there was also a long period of carefully planning and study before Meriwether Lewis and William...

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