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Mark Pennell sits at the helm of his time machine.Mark's Almanac is a 90-second time travel that highlights the world's history from the very serious to the sometimes sublime.

Mark's Almanac for May 14, 2021

Pictured are Meriwether Lewis and William Clark.
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Meriwether Lewis and William Clark

It was on this date in 1804 that Lewis and Clark's expedition set out to the west coast. On top of the usual supplies for the trip, Meriwether Lewis brought bees, facepaint, knives, tobacco, ivory combs, bright-colored cloth, mirrors, and more as gifts for the Native Americans.