Fort Mandan edition
- Fort was built approximately 12 miles from present day Washburn, North Dakota
- The Corps of discovery struggled to find enough cottonwood timber to construct the fort
- Lewis and Clark utilized the fort for diplomacy- meeting with the Mandan, Hidatsa, and Arikara nations
- They were introduced to a French trapper, Toussaint Charbonneau, who Lewis described as “a man of no particular merit.” The captains were interested in his Shoshone wife, Sacagawea
- The fort provided relief from a brutally cold winter. Temperatures were regularly recorded at -40 and lower.