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Maps of the routes of the Lewis and Clark expedition have tended to represent the West as empty country, there for the exploring and taking. This map, made for a biography of Sacagawea, is a little different.

1. How does the cartographer get across the point that the landscape Lewis and Clark "discovered" was already someone's home at the time, and would later be named and settled in new ways?

2. Does it make a difference to imagine Indians as "explorers?"

3. Are women’s journeys different from men’s? If so, how?

4. Can you imagine re-mapping another historical event in a way that would change your understanding of the event?

5. Does it make a difference to imagine this territory as already well explored by the time Lewis and Clark arrived?


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