lewis and clark

lewis and clark

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  • You two go find a water route to the pacific and explore the uncharted west
  • lets get going
  • In 1803, Thomas Jefferson sent Meriwether Lewis and William Clark to find a water route to the Pacific and explore the uncharted West.
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  • Lewis was Jefferson’s private secretary, an army officer, and an enthusiastic amateur scientist. Clark was a friend of Lewis and also an army officer. On May 14, 1804, the two men set off from a camp near St. Louis, Missouri, 
  • Almost there
  • a man named York. Packed into three boats along with their supplies, the men headed upstream on the Missouri River toward the regions that now have familiar names such as Kansas, North Dakota, and Idaho.
  • One of Jefferson’s goals for the expedition was to establish friendly relationships with the Indian tribes living in the West. Lewis and Clark had mixed success with this effort. Some tribes welcomed the explorers’ gifts and offers of alliance, while others were either uninterested or hostile. 
  • Throughout the summer, the Corps made progress toward the Rocky Mountains, nervously watching as the imposing, snow-capped peaks grew taller and taller as they approached.
  • On September 23, the Corps of Discovery came ashore in St. Louis, nearly two and a half years after their departure. The entire city turned out to celebrate the return of the heroes who had been given up for dead.
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