The grandson of Babur was an effective ruler. He sought to strengthen his kingdom by bringing peace and stability to his lands. The people he ruled practiced a wide variety of religious beliefs, including Hinduism and Islam. Differences of religious practices and culture threatened to bring disorder and chaos. Akbar the Great encouraged everyone to get along, and to be tolerant of one another.
Akbar considered all faiths to be equal, and felt that they all taught of the same divine truth. He invited missionaries and teachers from many faiths to visit his court and teach their beliefs. Akbar eventually attempted to found a new religion, which he called ‘Divine Truth’, which incorporated aspects of many of the major religions of the day.
Fortunate, indeed, is the man who takes exactly the right measure of himself and holds a just balance between what he can acquire and what he can use.
Lewis & Clark stayed near present day Astoria, Oregon during the winter of 1805-06, and built Fort Clatsop for shelter.