Point A (Atlantic) to Point P (Pacific)
Lewis and Clarke were not the first to seek a water route across North America; European explorers had been seeking the elusive Northwest Passage for centuries before. Virginia Indians, John Smith reported, told that, to the west, beyond “a great ridge of high hills”, “a great sea doth run”. The James River was broad and deep: could it be a shortcut to the silk and spices of India and China?
Did You Know?
Captain John Smith produced a dictionary of over 500 Powhatan Indian words. Opossum, raccoon, persimmon and Chesapeake are all Powhatan Indian words.