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5-Minute Quests

1. Which U.S. city was founded on this date in 1781 by Mexican settlers? (hint: the answer is found on this page)

2. On this date in 1886, who was the last major Native American military leader to surrender to the U.S. Army? (hint: the answer is found on this page)

3. According to the Online Archive of California, to which four publications did Syd Hoff submit cartoons? (hint: you will need to use a link found on this page)

Use all of these letters to spell the title of a work by Joan Aiken (according to Locus Online) NESTLE HOT LEAK

1. Who won his seventh Olympic gold medal on this date in 1972?

2. According to the University of Mississippi, what was Richard Wright's first job when he moved to Chicago in 1927?

3. According to the National Park Service, what device did Lewis Latimer patent on August 25, 1895? (hint: you will need to use a link found on this page)

Use all of these letters to spell the title of a work by Mary Renault (according to the History Channel):
(hint: all three questions will require you to use a link found on this page)

1. According to DesertUSA, Geronimo was the leader of which Apache tribe?

2. According to the Library of Congress, Daniel H. Burnham was the chief architect of what 1893 exposition?

3. According to the History Channel, who was the Governor of Arkansas when nine African-American students attempted to enroll in Little Rock Central High School on this date in 1957? (hint: you will need to use a link found on this page)

Use all of these letters to spell the title of a fiction work by Richard Wright (according to the University of Mississippi):

Daniel Burnham
Born on This Date in 1846

[Smithsonian Institution]


Lewis Latimer
Born on This Date 1846

[California Energy Commission]


Richard Wright
Born on This Date 1908

[University of Mississippi]

American Authors

Syd Hoff
Born on This Date 1912

[University of Southern Mississippi]

Primary Children's Author/IllustratorAmerican Artists

Joan Aiken
Born on This Date 1924

[Locus Online]

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Travelling with Lewis and Clark

Lewis: Fog again this morning and we had to wait until a little past 8 to set out. I observed that the river has seemed to fall about an inch over the night. A small boat that we bought, to lighten our load, sprung a leak and we lost hardware that was supposed to be presents for the Indians. With help from some people in Georgetown we made it over the bar. At Georgetown we purchased a canoe, two paddles and two poles for $11. We made camp early, only making about 13 miles today. Before we retired we opened the articles that got wet and laid them out in the sun. I also ordered some of the men to repair the canoes. Luckily the articles were not as damaged as I thought. I hired another hand to travel with us as for as Wheeling. My camp is about two miles away from the line that divides Virginia and Pennsylvania and on the west of that the state of Ohio. The water is so low and clear that we can see many fish. We crave all of the beautiful sturgeon, bass and we set to the task of sharpening spears the Indian way to go fishing.
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Travelling with Lewis and Clark

Clark: The Musquitors became troublesom early this morning I rose at the usial hour found all the party as wet as rain could make them.

as we were in want of Some tobacco I purposed to Mr. Airs to furnish us with 4 Carrots for which we would Pay the amount to any Merchant of St. Louis he very readily agreed to furnish us with tobacco and gave to each man as much as it is necessary for them to use between this and St. Louis, an instance of Generossity for which every man of the party appears to acknowledge.

Mr. Airs also insisted on our accepting a barrel of flourówe gave to this gentleman what Corn we Could Spear amounting to about 6 bushels, this Corn was well Calculated for his purpose as he was about to make his establishment and would have it in his power to hull the Corn & The flower was very acceptable to us. we have yet a little flour part of what we carried up from the Illinois as high as Maria's river and buried it there untill our return &c.

at 8 A. M we took our leave and Set out, and proceeded on very well, at 11 A. M. passed the Enterance of the big Sieoux River which is low, and at meridian we came too at Floyds Bluff below the Enterance of Floyds river and assended the hill, with Capt Lewis and Several men, found the grave had been opened by the nativs and left half Covered. we had this grave Completely filled up, and returned to the Canoes and proceeded on to the Sand bar on which we encamped from the 12th to the 20th of August 1804 [4] near the Mahar Village,

here we came to and derected every wet article put out to dry, all the bedding of the party and Skins being wet. as it was late in the evening we deturmined to continue all night. had issued to each man of the party a cup of flour.

we See no Species of Game on the river as usial except wild geese and pelicans. I observed near Sergt Floyds Grave a number of flurishing black walnut trees, these are the first which I have seen decending the river.

a little before night Several Guns were heard below and in a direction towards the Mahar village which induced us to suspect that Mr. McClellin who we was informed was on his way up to trade with the Mahars had arived at the Creek below and that those reports of Guns was Some of his party out hunting.

every thing being dry we derected the Perogue & Canoes to be loaded and in readiness to Set out in the morning early. at dark the Musquetors became troublesom and continued So all night the party obtained but little Sleepó we made 36 miles only to daye.

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1957 Arkansas' Governor Orders the National Guard to Bar Nine African-American Students From Entering Little Rock Central High School Desegregation of Little Rock Central High School Racism U.S. Civil Rights African-American Heritage Writer's Almanac History Channel New York Times
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