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Nearly two hundred years ago, a party of explores under the leadership of meriwether lewis and William Clark ventured into the regions of the American West.

The Corps of Discovery, as the team was designated, spent more than two years realizing realizing the richness of the geography, resources, and peoples along the way from St. Louis, Missouri to the Pacific Ocean. Committed to initiating peaceful and productive relations with the several nations of peoples it encountered, the Lewis & Clark Expedition represents an important milestone in the history of the North American continent. Especially notable in the places we now call Idaho, Washington, and Oregon, the interaction the party had with the Nez Perce people typified the spirit of cooperation adn hospitality which not only contributed knowledge to the mission, but, in fact, kept it alive.

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