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The bizarre yet true story of how the US Army tried to conquer the American West with camels | Task & Purpose

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In 1836, the U.S. was in the midst of its expansion west, making it difficult and dangerous to trek across harsh terrain. The challenging situation somehow led to the idea to use camels to make their way to the other side. Army Lt. George H. Crossman proposed the idea, and surprisingly, camels were bought and imported to the American Southwest for “military purposes.” The event was known as “the most unique experiment in the U.S. Army history,” and the camels were unofficially called the “US Army Camel Corps.”

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