Lewis & Clark
and America's Inland Waterways
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With the Louisiana Purchase, President
Jefferson secured for the United States most of the land from the Mississippi
River to the Pacific Ocean.
He chose two men, Meriwether Lewis and William Clark, to form an Expedition of Discovery to explore and map this new territory.
That expedition opened up the Continent to settlement, and the highways used by those settlers are the great rivers of this country.
If your family settled Kentucky, the Ohio country, the Great Lakes Area or the Deep South, chances are they moved their families and belongings on a flatboat. When the farmer shipped his crop to market, chances are it was shipped on a riverboat.
This series of prints by Gary Lucy commemorates the settlement of America on her great inland waterways.