Lewis And Clark

Note:  This is a draft I was holding but due to the death in the family I post it now…..

It has been awhile since I gave my readers some history….I will try and rectify my oversight.

We Americans do not remember much of history but I bet everyone knows the story of the Lewis and Clark Expedition of exploration of the newly acquired land out West that we purchased from France.

The movies that most will remember and think that the romantic adventure was all about exploration…..

Sadly those cinematic offerings are shirt on accuracy…..

It’s a story many American children are familiar with. President Thomas Jefferson had just bought millions of acres of land from the French — the famous Louisiana Purchase — and he needed someone to go explore this wild western territory. To that end, he recruited Meriwether Lewis and William Clark, who gathered a team of brave men to go on a journey to the Pacific and back. The Lewis and Clark expedition, or the “Corps of Discovery” as it was known at the time, closely documented the flora and fauna of the uncharted West and befriended the many Native American tribes they met along the way. In particular, they made friends with the young Sacagawea, who served as a guide and translator for the Corps.

This common story, while not entirely false, is highly inaccurate. The real expedition was far more brutal — from violent conflicts with Natives to the whipping of enlisted men. This article will fill you in on all the grim details you weren’t told about in school.

Read More: https://www.grunge.com/235028/the-messed-up-truth-about-the-lewis-and-clark-expedition/

Like most of the history we are taught in school is sanitized to make it seem more noble than it actually was…..

The way that some useless politicians and equally useless individuals are trying to whitewash our history to make it seem like all was blue skies and unicorns…..

I have stated many times that ALL our history should be taught….the good, the bad and the ugly……denying our history does not make it fact.

A country of people running scared of their true history.

History should not be sanitized….it should be taught in all it’s glory and all it’s ugliness….we have had 200+ years of misinformation.

Be Smart….Learn Stuff….

I Read, I Write, You Know

“lego ergo scribo”

10 thoughts on “Lewis And Clark

  1. My condolences to you and your family, Chuq.

    I knew some of this history. My husband read Undaunted Courage by Stephen Ambrose and shared much of what he learned from reading the book. The true history of our country shows the horrors the white men inflicted on the Native American tribes. It is a tragic truth.

    1. THank you Maggie for your kind words….much appreciated…..this country’s history is more ugly than good…..but some want us to forget the ugliness…I am old but I refuse to forget. Be well chuq

  2. In England, we were not taught about Lewis and Clark in school. I had to find out about that expedition in later life.
    Best wishes, Pete.

  3. I am starting to think that everything I learned in all the years I was in school was sanitized. I think all my teachers were either liars or didn’t know what they were doing. It seemed to me that all they wanted to do was to make us all into clones of each other repeating propaganda by rote. It wasn’t until I got into college that I was ever permitted to put my own thoughts about any curricula onto paper.

    1. College is a great thing…..critical thinking is encouraged something missing in regular school…..keep in mind teachers have a lesson plan that is approved…..they either teach it or look for another job. chuq

      1. My teachers worked in an out of control school so they often ad libbed. I was taught, for instance, that it was impossible to build a rocket big enough and fast enough to escape the earth’s atmosphere and that because of the laws of physics could never be built. — I had one idiot teacher tell me that there were no people in The United States before Columbus because Columbus “Discovered” it.

      2. Ignorance prevails in our schools….I had a teacher that introduced me to Howard Zinn’s People’s History of the US back in 1980….an eye opener…it should be mandatory that his book should be taught in high school. chuq

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