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Q: What is "nonsopretty?"
A: Nonsopretty is a type of fancy ribbon that Lewis purchased.
It was called nonsopretty because no other ribbon was as pretty.
Information courtesy of the Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center, Great Falls.
Q: Why didn't Lewis and Clark bring more blue beads?
A: Lewis knew the value of blue beads understanding that they counted
for "'all purposes of money.'" However, he purchased 10 dozen compared to
20 dozen yellow and 35 dozen white, an act he later "lamented" among the Nez
Perce and Chinookan Indians. As for why he didn't bring more, he wasn't counting
on the popularity of blue to be so much greater than white. i
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