1835 Lieutenant Albert Lea traveled through eastern
Iowa looking for a good location for a fort. Under the command of Lieutenant
Colonel Stephen Kearney, Albert Lea was part of an expedition that departed
from Fort Des Moines on June 7 and returned on August 19, 1835. Fort Des
Moines, not to be confused with the present-day fort located at the city
of Des Moines, was located in extreme southeast Iowa near where the Des
Moines and Mississippi Rivers meet. During the eleven-hundred-mile journey
through eastern Iowa, Lea kept a journal that described the events of
each day. Serving as topographer for the group, Lea also made a detailed
map of the territory.
- Choose a partner.
- Explore the online resource materials about Who
Was Albert M. Lea.
- Using the game board map of eastern Iowa and southern Minnesota,
help Albert travel from Fort Des Moines in SE Iowa on June 7, 1835 and
return on August 19, 1835.
- On each play, a pop-up screen reveals a question about the prairie
environment. If you answer the question correctly you move forward.
If you answer incorrectly, you do not advance and get to try a new question.
- The object of the game is to move through the route as quickly as
possible and even arrive back at Fort Des Moines ahead of schedule.
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