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  • In 1803 Thomas Jefferson sent Meriwether Lewis and William Clark's Corps of Discovery to find a water route to the Pacific and explore the uncharted West. Since they were now free of the King's embargo, they decided to look for another trade route.
  • Yes sir
  • Be prepared to explore west of here and find a water route to the pacific ocean.
  • Having started upstream on the Missouri River from their St. Louis-area camp—where they had been preparing for the expedition since fall 1803—on May 14, William Clark and nearly four dozen other men met up with Meriwether Lewis on May 20. The Lewis and Clark expedition—"the Corps of Discovery"—began making its way up the Missouri aboard a 55-foot-long (17-meter-long) keelboat and two smaller pirogues.
  • Is that the 55 foot long keelboat!
  • At sunset on August 2, a party of Oto and Missouri Indians arrived at the expedition's camp. This first Indian encounter went well, the two sides exchanging greetings and gifts. But the captains realized that things would be different when they met the Sioux.
  • It will be different to encounter the Sioux
  • Thanks for the gifts.
  • After having a tense moment with the Sioux, Lewis and Clark were keen to cover as many miles as possible before the Missouri froze.  Four days after the first snowfall, they reached the Mandan tribe’s villages, where they planned to spend the winter. Without delay the expedition members began to build a fort—protection against both the bitter northern winter and attack by the Sioux.
  • We should build a fort.
  • Here, they hired as an interpreter Toussaint Charbonneau, a French-Canadian fur trapper living among the Hidatsa. Charbonneau, his Shoshone wife, Sacagawea, and their baby son, Jean Baptiste, would travel with the expedition when it left Fort Mandan.
  • Maybe so.
  • Will there be more Native Americans on our way for you to interpret?
  • There wasn't a route after all.
  • The expedition sighted the Pacific Ocean for the first time on November 7, 1805, arriving two weeks later.
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