Guided Primary Source Analysis: Lewis & Clark Compass & Magnet

William Clark’s compass on chain Brass, jasper, glass, paint William Clark’s magnet, ca. 1802 Iron, paint Courtesy of the Missouri Historical Society, St. Louis (65, 66)

Describe the type of person would need these objects. For what purposes would the person use the objects?

These objects are from 1802. Describe what a compass and magnet are like today. Explain how someone would use a compass and magnet today.

Use the Primary Source Nexus search box to find information about William Clark. What did he do and who was his partner? What else did you learn?

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