Lewis & Clark

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  • In 1803 Lewis ans Clark were sent out by Thomas Jefferson to find a water route to the Pacific and to explore the unmapped west. Thomas thought that woolly mammoths, erupting volcanoes, and a mountain of pure salt awaited them.
  • Clark: Hopefully we will be back.
  • Come on lets go!
  • Lewis: Yes we will be back.
  • On May 21, 1804 Lewis and Clark started their expedition making their way up the Missouri River. Clark spent most of his time on a keelboat charting and making maps. Lewis was often ashore studying his surroundings. On August 2, at sunset a party of Oto and Missouri Indians arrived at their expedition camp. Their first encounter went well and exchanged gifts from both sides
  • Lewis: The is new.
  • Clark: This is new to me too.
  • Look over there!
  • In the first encounter with the Teton Sioux they greeted them a medal, a military coat, and a hat. Lewis and Clark promised more when more people came. But one of the Teton chiefs demanded a boat as a price of passage. Both sides were ready to fight but at the last moment both sides withdrew from the crisis. The expedition failed to take Thomas's hopes for a friendly relationship with the Sioux.
  • Clark: NO!
  • Lewis: NO!
  • Give me one of your boats so you can pass.
  • Lewis and Clark tried their best to cover as many miles as possible before the Missouri River froze. They hoped to stay in one of the Mandan tribe's village. Here they hired as an interpreter Toussaint, a French fur trapper living among the Hidatsa. Toussiant and his Shoshone wife Sacagawea and their son Jean Baptisite would travel with Lewis and Clark. After the Missouri River unfroze they started moving again.
  • Clark: You're hired.
  • Toussiant: Thank You.
  • For the first time Lewis and Clark were heading their approved direction. Lewis and Clark were warned about these powerful creatures these creatures were grizzlies. Their first encounter did not go as planned almost cost Lewis his life. In early May they almost lost one of their pirogues which were carried journals and supplies but thankfully Sacagawea was there and retrieved as much as she could. Sacagawea quickly grew more important to the expedition.
  • Once past the Continental Divide they could ride the westward flowing Columbia River. But the journey to the Missouri River to the Columbia River would take horses and to get some horses they would need to find the Shoshone tribe. On August 11, 1805 Lewis saw a Indian on a horse. This was their first encounter with a Shoshone. The Shoshone took the expedition to his chief which happened to be Sacagawea's brother. They gave them horse's but they had to trade their supplies for them. They rode their horses till in the middle of November they made it to the Pacific. Where they spent the winter. After the snow melted it would be a long journey going back home.
  • Clark: Are you ready to go home.
  • Clark: Okay Lets Go.
  • Lewis: Yes I'm ready to go home now.
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