Lewis And Clark

Lewis And Clark
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  • I am starting an expedition westward and selecting Meriwether Lewis as first in command.
  • When are we going home?
  • In 1804, Thomas Jefferson assigned Meriwether Lewis to be Commander in Chief of the westward expedition. Lewis later selected William Clark as second in command.
  • Lewis and Clark started their journey on May 14, 1804, and ended it on September 23, 1806! Yes, the journey actually lasted more than two years!
  • During the expedition, they came across a very valuable figure. Sacagawea, a Shoshone Indian, knew English AND other Native American languages. She helped the pair communicate with other tribes which was vital to their survival. 
  • The group had to go through grueling snowstorms and draining heat waves. But they eventually found the way back home.
  • During their journey, they met many Native American tribes. Some of which include the Otes, Missouri, Teton Sioux, Mandan, and Sacagawea´s tribe the Shoshone. Sacagawea helped translate between the tribes and the explorers.
  • When Lewis and Clark returned home, people were very happy. They thought that they had died since they had been gone so long. The duo was a major part of U.S history because they paved the way for the eventual western settlement. 
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