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Council Bluffs in Pottawattamie County, Iowa — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
 

Seeking Buyers and Sellers

 
 
Seeking Buyers and Sellers Marker image. Click for full size.
By Charles T. Harrell, June 28, 2011
1. Seeking Buyers and Sellers Marker
Inscription. French, Spanish, and British traders already controlled trade empires west of the Mississippi river when Lewis and Clark began the Expedition in 1804. but President Thomas Jefferson wanted the United States to control trade in the newly acquired Louisiana Purchase.

First, many questions had to be answered: Is it true there is a direct water route to the Pacific Ocean? Are there minerals to mine? Where are good locations for towns, farmers, and military forts? Conducting this research was an important mission of the Lewis and Clark Expedition.

Jefferson wanted to know the names and sizes of the tribes and what territories they controlled. He asked Lewis to learn where Indians thought trading posts would be most successful, and what they wanted to buy or sell.

Lewis and Clark learned there was no all-water route, but they did answer many of Jefferson’s questions about Indian tribes. Within two generations, settlers traveling through this region on the Oregon, Mormon and California Pioneer Trails would forever transform the places and people that Lewis and Clark came here to learn about.

Graphic: Lewis and Clark brought gifts as a way to make an impression on the people who lived here. Another purpose of the gifts was to show symbols of American power. (University of North Dakota photo)
 
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Graphic 2, items for trade. image. Click for full size.
By Charles T. Harrell, June 28, 2011
2. Graphic 2, items for trade.
Graphic: Lewis and Clark brought gifts as a way to make an impression on the people who lived here. Another purpose of the gifts was to show symbols of American power. (University of North Dakota photo)
This marker is included in the Lewis & Clark Expedition marker series.
 
Location. 41° 13.687′ N, 95° 53.991′ W. Marker is in Council Bluffs, Iowa, in Pottawattamie County. Marker is on 34th Ave/. Click for map. Located near walkway leading from parking lot to the Western Historic Trails Center, Lied Historical Building. Marker is at or near this postal address: 3434 Richard Downing Ave., Council Bluffs IA 51501, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Western Historic Trails Center; Starting the Journey (here, next to this marker); We Were All Busily Engaged (here, next to this marker); Gallagher Building (approx. 2 miles away in Nebraska); Golden Spike Monument (approx. 2.2 miles away); Omaha Union Station (approx. 2.2 miles away in Nebraska); Windsor Hotel (approx. 2.4 miles away in Nebraska); Anheuser-Busch Beer Depot 1887 (approx. 2.4 miles away in Nebraska); Omaha Firehouse 1903-1904 (approx. 2.4 miles away in Nebraska). Click for a list of all markers in Council Bluffs.
 
Categories. ExplorationIndustry & CommerceNative Americans
 
Graphic 1 image. Click for full size.
By Charles T. Harrell, June 28, 2011
3. Graphic 1
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Charles T. Harrell of Woodford, Virginia. This page has been viewed 415 times since then and 6 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Charles T. Harrell of Woodford, Virginia. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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