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Lewis and Clark's Supply List

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~  :woot:  Just for kicks, I googled what Lewis and Clark took with them when, in 1803 they set out on a major trek to explore the Wild Wild West   :thumbsup:

 

Enjoy.  :hugegrin: 

 

Mathematical Instruments:

surveyor’s compass

hand compass

quadrants

telescope

thermometers

2 sextants

set of plotting instruments

chronometer (needed to calculate longitude)

Camp Supplies:

150 yards of cloth to be oiled and sewn into tents and sheets

pliers

chisels

30 steels for striking to make fire

handsaws

hatchets

whetstones

iron corn mill

two dozen tablespoons

mosquito curtains

10 1/2 pounds of fishing hooks and fishing lines

12 pounds of soap

193 pounds of "portable soup" (a thick paste concocted by boiling down beef, eggs and vegetables)

three bushels of salt

writing paper, ink and crayons

Presents for Indians:

12 dozen pocket mirrors

4,600 sewing needles

144 small scissors

10 pounds of sewing thread

silk ribbons

ivory combs

handkerchiefs

yards of bright-colored cloth

130 rolls of tobacco

tomahawks that doubled as pipes

288 knives

8 brass kettles

vermilion face paint

33 pounds of tiny beads of assorted colors

2,800 fish hooks

Clothing:

45 flannel shirts

coats

frocks

shoes

woolen pants

blankets

knapsacks

stockings

Arms and Ammunition:

15 prototype Model 1803 muzzle-loading .54 caliber rifles

knives

500 rifle flints

420 pounds of sheet lead for bullets

176 pounds of gunpowder packed in 52 lead canisters

1 long-barreled rifle that fired its bullet with compressed air, rather than by flint, spark and powder

Medicine and Medical Supplies:

 

six kegs of brandy :cheers:

50 dozen Dr. Rush’s patented "Rush’s pills"    :bounce:

lancets

forceps

syringes

tourniquets

1,300 doses of physic

1,100 hundred doses of emetic

3,500 doses of diaphoretic (sweat inducer)

other drugs for blistering, salivation and increased kidney output

Traveling Library:

Barton’s Elements of Botany

Antoine Simon Le Page du Pratz’s History of Louisiana

Richard Kirwan’s Elements of Mineralogy

A Practical Introduction to Spherics and Nautical Astronomy

The Nautical Almanac and Astronomical Ephemeris

a four-volume dictionary

a two-volume edition of Linnaeus (the founder of the Latin classification of plants)

tables for finding longitude and latitude

map of the Great Bend of the Missouri River

 

 

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Tomahawk pipe were actually pretty cool. You would breath through the button the handle, and the tobacco would sit in a depression above the blade(s), with the entire hilt being hollow.

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I wonder what they did use to move all that stuff.  I know they had wagons.  What did they use to cross the Missouri River and other major waterways?  Did they forde them or did they have boats?

 

I like the air rifle that they had.  I didn't know they had them way back then.

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They could have also carryed Like for example. A amount of supplys to a spot. Went back And carryed B amount of stuff to the spot and back

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I think they also used horses to carry alot of the stuff. I think they traded with the Native Americans. and they had canoes for the rivers. moose0024.gif

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I find it amazing as well that during their entire journey, only one member of ther party died, and he died of a ruptured appendix.  At that time, he would have died if he had been back in St. Louis or anyplace else.

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I took the lewis and clark rout some in Washington and oregon stayed on ecola beach were they found the dead whale by canon beach great little town and My stepdad and I toured the fort they stayed in for the winter in oregon knowing about the weather they must have been misterable in the northwest

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I took the lewis and clark rout some in Washington and oregon stayed on ecola beach were they found the dead whale by canon beach great little town and My stepdad and I toured the fort they stayed in for the winter in oregon knowing about the weather they must have been misterable in the northwest

That would be really cool, SG.  That needs to be on my list of things to see the next time I am out in that area.

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