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An Exploring Expedition on the Canal Street Plan

Date: 1838
Overall: 335 x 508 mm
Medium: Ink on paper
Credit Line: ANMM Collection Purchased with USA Bicentennial Gift funds
Object Name: Lithograph
Object No: 00050209

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    The United States Exploring Expedition was an exploring and surveying expedition of the Pacific Ocean conducted by the United States Navy from 1838–1842. The voyage was authorized by Congress in 1836. However, as this lithograph shows, not everyone was supportive of the endeavour. The expedition ended up being of major importance to the growth of science in the United States.
    SignificanceThis lithograph presents a comic view of the US Exploring Expedition that indicates that not all Americans supported the idea of a government funded expedition.
    HistoryThe US Exploring Expedition was the first government funded scientific hydrographic survey undertaken by the United States. The four-year voyage from 1838-1842 was lead by Lieutenant Charles Wilkes and comprised a naval squadron of six vessel. The flagship of the fleet was the sloop of war USS Vincennes.
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