Excerpt: So, North America at the time of the Lewis and Clark Expedition had two economies. Lewis made his purchases on the basis of one [a $1000 War Department draft in Philadelphia], then, for the most part, left his white man's "wampum" behind, and went forth with the other. Compared to exchanges in a paper economy, the stocking-up preparations took much more attention to detail, and added burden to the keelboat in Pittsburgh. However, he could not have otherwise succeeded.
Pittsburgh Perspective Staging Point Keelboat  Corps of Discovery  Latitude and Longitude  Medicine  Scientific Enterprise Wampum  Maps Main Event  Biology  Pittsburgh Geology  Education 

Contact Information    © Copyright Information  Home

BACK TO TOP The Main Event Learn about the Keelboat The Corps of Discovery Learn about Latitude and Longitude Medicine on the expedition Scientific Enterprise Wampum was the currency on the journey Mapping the expedition Smithsonian Flora Preservation Pittsburgh Geology Link to education site Pittsburgh As Frontier Gateway in 1803 and Staging Point A Lewis and Clark Pittsburgh Perspective Return to Homepage.