Spain sold the territory to France. On April 30, 1803 Thomas Jefferson bought the Louisiana Territory for $15 million from France. This added 828,000 square miles to the US.
In May 1804, Lewis and Clark started their expedition from Missouri. They were supplied very well.
Native Americans told tales of grizzy bears, Lewis was unimpressedHe thought they would prove no match for a man with a rifle. He changed his mind when a grizzly chased him for 80 yards, before the bear was shot.
Lewis and Clark Return!
Sacagawea was a member of the Shoshone tribe, and Charbonneau's wife. She translated for and guided the captains and their crew. She also helped them identiry plants. Sacagawea's journey with them ended at the Mandan villages, where they seperated. She brought her son with her the enitire expedition.
Hello! My name is Sacagawea. Who are you?
Hello. I am Toussaint Charbonneau.
On August 11 one of Clark's group, while he was hunting, shot at what he thought was an elk and hit Lewis instead. Lewis was trying to shoot an elk. The shot passed through Lewis’s left thigh. This didn't kill, but caused pain.
I thought you were an elk!!
MY LEG!! MY THIGH!! Did you shoot me!?!?!/
After two years, and 3,000 miles, Lewis and Clark returned. By then it was September 23, 1806. They documented 300 new species. They had claimed Oregon for the United States. They were the first people to reach the Pacific Ocean by land.