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Subject: History

Timeblazers: History and More Series

"Highly Recommended. Each episode provides an interesting, engaging history lesson packaged in a kid-friendly format. Viewers can discuss what we can learn from history. What lessons have historical events taught us? How have things we take for granted today evolved over the centuries? Viewers can have fun looking Click for more

27. Explorers: Age of Discovery, Illnesses, Lewis & Clark

27. Explorers: Age of Discovery, Illnesses, Lewis & Clark

Alex (Stephen Joffe) has a project on how to help the environment, and his idea is to find some land to save as a nature preserve. He has the misconception that the early explorers had it easy when they discovered the Americas; enter the Timeblazers, Jen (Heidi Leigh) and Sam (Mike Ackerman), who take him back in time to the Age of Discovery. First stop, with Columbus in 1492, who didn't know the Americas existed, and was actually looking for a better route to China. Sailors used sextants to guide their way, and because there was little food and water, scurvy afflicted many who died on the voyages; then when they did find the new land, they encountered malaria, but also spread smallpox, which killed millions of native people. Next, in 1804, President Thomas Jefferson sends Meriwether Lewis and William Clark on an expedition up the Missouri River to find a water route to the Pacific Ocean, where they team up with Sacajawea (Shoshone) and her husband, a French fur trapper named Toussaint Charbonneau, who not only helped the explorers communicate with Native Americans and the French, but also she had a baby on the way. Despite incredible odds, they somehow found their way across the Rocky Mountains to the Pacific and back, which helped change American history forever. 05/10DE IJ 30 min.
Also See: USA: The Lewis and Clark Trail

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