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American Artifacts: The U.S. Exploring Expedition of 1838-42

Washington, DC
Sunday, July 3, 2011

American History TV visited the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History to learn about a 19th century U.S. Government expedition to circumnavigate the globe, map and chart Pacific islands, and prove that Antarctica was a continent. The 40 tons of specimens collected by the expedition’s six naval vessels became the foundation for the Smithsonian Institution, and are still used for scientific research today.

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Updated: Tuesday, June 28, 2011 at 2:20pm (ET)

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