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8. Upper Missouri

Upper Missouri: The Missouri River revealed a wide array of animals and beautiful landscape to the expedition, but the expedition had its fair share of troubles as well. An attacking grizzly nearly caught up with one man before a shot to the head brought the animal down. Lewis recorded that the bear had been shot eight times before it finally fell.

The white perogue, a sort of large canoe, contained the most valuable observations, equipment and specimens carried by the expedition. Sudden gusts of wind, funneled through the high cliffs and twisting banks would cause the boats to tip over.

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