Lewis and Clark were not the first explorers of North Dakota. Pierre La Verendrye and David Thompson both explored and mapped North Dakota before the United States had even thought about buying the Louisiana Purchase from France. Without explorers like La Veredrye and David Thompson the land of North Dakota would not have been mapped out for the start of the fur trade. These explorers were some of the first non-Indian to come in contact with the various Native American tribes who called North Dakota home.
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