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[Detail] Mediolanensis dvcatvs from the atlas [1570].

3) Historical Analysis and Interpretation

Students can analyze A Map of Lewis & Clark's Track. . . to find a record of the explorers' encounters with Native Americans. For example, students might study the map to find notations made on the map regarding Native-American customs and activities. Examples of handwritten notes found on this map are: "Between these Rivers the different Bands of SIOUX meet every Spring to trade with each other and the white Traders who visit them," and "Here the different tribes meet in Friendship and collect Stone for Pipes."

Students might consider why Lewis and Clark recorded this information and then research the history of the tribes as other peoples moved west. Students could discuss how Lewis and Clark's expedition influenced the lives of Native Americans they encountered. Search on Indian for later maps that reflect resettlement of native peoples by the U.S. Government.