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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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