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Omaha in Douglas County, Nebraska — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
 

endeavor to make yourself acquainted...with...the nations

Thomas Jefferson's instructions to Meriwether Lewis, June 20, 1803

 
 
<i>endeavor to make yourself acquainted...with...the nations</i> Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., February 21, 2014
1. endeavor to make yourself acquainted...with...the nations Marker
Inscription.

In August 1804, members of the Expedition visited villages like this one, homes to the Otoe and Missouria who lived in what is today Omaha. Planning to invite these tribes to a council, or meeting, the explorers found the villages deserted. The tribes had left to hunt buffalo.

Through their journeys, the men of the Expedition held formal councils with the tribes they met. Jefferson instructed the explorers to make themselves "acquainted...with...the nations," to note the "articles of commerce [the Indians] may need or furnish," and to prepare descriptions of "food, clothing, & domestic accommodations."

The explorers met with tribes for reasons of trade, ethnography, and diplomacy. They also relied on American Indians for information, food, and clothing.
 
Erected by National Park Service.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Lewis & Clark Expedition marker series.
 
Location. 41° 15.922′ N, 95° 55.454′ W. Marker is in Omaha, Nebraska, in Douglas County. Click for map. Marker is on the grounds of the National Park Service Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail Headquarters. Marker is at or near this postal address: 601 Riverfront Drive, Omaha NE 68102, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers.
<i>endeavor to make yourself acquainted...with...the nations</i> Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., February 21, 2014
2. endeavor to make yourself acquainted...with...the nations Marker
National Park Service Midwest Regional Office in background
At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Capt. Lewis...will...give us accounts of new things only (a few steps from this marker); Nature exerted herself to butify the Senery (a few steps from this marker); the Council was held (a few steps from this marker); Westwardly by the Waters (within shouting distance of this marker); A River of Hope (within shouting distance of this marker); People, Places, and Stories (within shouting distance of this marker); Preserving Our Heritage (within shouting distance of this marker); A River of Change (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line). Click for a list of all markers in Omaha.
 
Also see . . .
1. Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail. (Submitted on March 2, 2014, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. The Otoe Missouria Tribe. (Submitted on March 2, 2014, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
3. The Journals of the Lewis and Clark Expedition. (Submitted on March 2, 2014, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
4. Otoe Missourias. (Submitted on March 2, 2014, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
 
Categories. ExplorationMan-Made FeaturesNative AmericansPatriots & Patriotism
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 349 times since then and 32 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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