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#AmericanTrivia The same year Lewis and Clark returned from their expedition, 1806, Army Lt. Zebulon Pike left on his second. Besides discovering Pike’s Peak, what else did he do?

The same year Lewis and Clark returned from their expedition, 1806, Army Lt. Zebulon Pike left on his second. Besides discovering Pike’s Peak, what else did he do?

Pike explored the southern part of the Louisiana Purchase including Colorado and New Mexico. He became lost. Spanish soldiers rescued him and arrested him as a spy. Later, they released him.

Caroline McCullagh is co-author of American Trivia and American Trivia Quiz Book with Richard Lederer.  Both are available on Amazon.  The America Trivia Question appears daily in the San Diego Union-Tribune.  Caroline McCullagh is the award-winning author of The Ivory Caribou available on Amazon.  Follow Richard Lederer at verbivore.com.

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#AmericanTrivia Sacajawea and her French-Canadian husband guided Lewis and Clark on their exploration of the Louisiana Purchase. What is known of Sacajawea?

Sacajawea and her French-Canadian husband guided Lewis and Clark on their exploration of the Louisiana Purchase. What is known of Sacajawea?

Sacajawea, a Shoshone Indian, was 16 when she first guided Lewis and Clark. She gave birth to a son, John, on February 11, 1805. She carried John on her back as she walked with Lewis and Clark to the Pacific.

Caroline McCullagh is co-author of American Trivia and American Trivia Quiz Book with Richard Lederer.  Both are available on Amazon.  The America Trivia Question appears daily in the San Diego Union-Tribune.  Caroline McCullagh is the award-winning author of The Ivory Caribou available on Amazon.  Follow Richard Lederer at verbivore.com.

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#AmericanTrivia What did Thomas Jefferson expect Lewis and Clark to accomplish in their exploration of the Louisiana Territory?

What did Thomas Jefferson expect Lewis and Clark to accomplish in their exploration of the Louisiana Territory?

Jefferson expected them to study the Indian tribes; describe all birds, trees, plants, flowers, fish, weather systems and geology; map all interior river systems and formally claim the continent for the United States.

Caroline McCullagh is co-author of American Trivia and American Trivia Quiz Book with Richard Lederer.  Both are available on Amazon.  The America Trivia Question appears daily in the San Diego Union-Tribune.  Caroline McCullagh is the award-winning author of The Ivory Caribou available on Amazon.  Follow Richard Lederer at verbivore.com.

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#AmericanTrivia President Thomas Jefferson sent his secretary, Meriwether Lewis, and William Clark to explore the Louisiana Purchase. What did they find?

President Thomas Jefferson sent his secretary, Meriwether Lewis, and William Clark to explore the Louisiana Purchase. What did they find?

Between 1803 and 1806, Lewis and Clark walked 8,000 miles from St. Louis to the Pacific Ocean and back again. They contacted Indian groups, added to scientific knowledge, and proved that it was possible to cross America overland.

Caroline McCullagh is co-author of American Trivia and American Trivia Quiz Book with Richard Lederer.  Both are available on Amazon.  The America Trivia Question appears daily in the San Diego Union-Tribune.  Caroline McCullagh is the award-winning author of The Ivory Caribou available on Amazon.  Follow Richard Lederer at verbivore.com.

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#AmericanTrivia The United States paid approximately 4¢ an acre for the Louisiana Purchase. Besides Louisiana, what did it comprise?

The United States paid approximately 4¢ an acre for the Louisiana Purchase. Besides Louisiana, what did it comprise?

The Louisiana Purchase comprised what later became Iowa, North Dakota, South Dakota, Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, Oklahoma and parts of Texas, Colorado, Minnesota, Montana and Wyoming.

Caroline McCullagh is co-author of American Trivia and American Trivia Quiz Book with Richard Lederer.  Both are available on Amazon.  The America Trivia Question appears daily in the San Diego Union-Tribune.  Caroline McCullagh is the award-winning author of The Ivory Caribou available on Amazon.  Follow Richard Lederer at verbivore.com.

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#AmericanTrivia Napoleon’s plan to revive the French colonial empire in North America alarmed President Thomas Jefferson. What did Jefferson do?

Napoleon’s plan to revive the French colonial empire in North America alarmed President Thomas Jefferson. What did Jefferson do?

President Jefferson sent James Monroe to France in 1803. Monroe negotiated the Louisiana Purchase. The US paid approximately $15 million for 828,000 square miles of territory, more than doubling the size of the US.

Caroline McCullagh is co-author of American Trivia and American Trivia Quiz Book with Richard Lederer.  Both are available on Amazon.  The America Trivia Question appears daily in the San Diego Union-Tribune.  Caroline McCullagh is the award-winning author of The Ivory Caribou available on Amazon.  Follow Richard Lederer at verbivore.com.

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#AmericanTrivia The Marine Hymn mentions the “Shores of Tripoli.” What links the Marines to Tripoli, Libya, and the First Barbary War in American history?

The Marine Hymn mentions the “Shores of Tripoli.” What links the Marines to Tripoli, Libya, and the First Barbary War in American history?

Yusuf Karamanli, leader of Tripoli, demanded tribute to “protect” American shipping in the Mediterranean. In 1801, President Jefferson sent the navy and marines to our first foreign war and the first time US marines saw battle.

Caroline McCullagh is co-author of American Trivia and American Trivia Quiz Book with Richard Lederer.  Both are available on Amazon.  The America Trivia Question appears daily in the San Diego Union-Tribune.  Caroline McCullagh is the award-winning author of The Ivory Caribou available on Amazon.  Follow Richard Lederer at verbivore.com.

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#AmericanTrivia Alexander Hamilton helped stymie Aaron Burr’s political ambitions when Burr ran for president in 1800 and for governor of New York in 1804. What happened?

Alexander Hamilton helped stymie Aaron Burr’s political ambitions when Burr ran for president in 1800 and for governor of New York in 1804. What happened?
Hamilton is quoted as saying Burr was “a dangerous man who ought not to be trusted with the reins of government.” He was right. Burr challenged Hamilton to a duel and fatally wounded him.

Caroline McCullagh is co-author of American Trivia and American Trivia Quiz Book with Richard Lederer.  Both are available on Amazon.  The America Trivia Question appears daily in the San Diego Union-Tribune.  Caroline McCullagh is the award-winning author of The Ivory Caribou available on Amazon.  Follow Richard Lederer at verbivore.com.

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#AmericanTrivia Alexander Hamilton helped stymie Aaron Burr’s political ambitions when Burr ran for president in 1800 and for governor of New York in 1804. What happened?

Alexander Hamilton helped stymie Aaron Burr’s political ambitions when Burr ran for president in 1800 and for governor of New York in 1804. What happened?

Hamilton is quoted as saying Burr was “a dangerous man who ought not to be trusted with the reins of government.” He was right. Burr challenged Hamilton to a duel and fatally wounded him.

Caroline McCullagh is co-author of American Trivia and American Trivia Quiz Book with Richard Lederer.  Both are available on Amazon.  The America Trivia Question appears daily in the San Diego Union-Tribune.  Caroline McCullagh is the award-winning author of The Ivory Caribou available on Amazon.  Follow Richard Lederer at verbivore.com.

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#AmericanTrivia Thomas Jefferson and the Democratic-Republicans favored keeping government small. In 1802, the first year of Jefferson’s presidency, how big was the government.

Thomas Jefferson and the Democratic-Republicans favored keeping government small. In 1802, the first year of Jefferson’s presidency, how big was the government.

In 1802, the federal government had 10,000 employees, including 6,500 in the military. Fewer than 300 worked in Washington D.C. The president and the Supreme Court each had one clerk. The Congress had 13.

Caroline McCullagh is co-author of American Trivia and American Trivia Quiz Book with Richard Lederer.  Both are available on Amazon.  The America Trivia Question appears daily in the San Diego Union-Tribune.  Caroline McCullagh is the award-winning author of The Ivory Caribou available on Amazon.  Follow Richard Lederer at verbivore.com.