In 1803, Thomas Jefferson sent Meriwether Lewis and William Clark to find a water route to the Pacfic and explore the uncharted west. What they found was no less mind-boggling: some 300 species unknown to science, nearly 50 Indian tribes, and the Rocky Mountains.
During November 11, 1804 Lewis and Clark hired interperters Sacagawea and Toussaint Charnonneau which they had to translate what clark and lewis was saying during the rest of the voage.
Near the end.....
A few months passed and the Corps of Discovery broke camp and resumed its journey west. At the same time, they sent a boat back to Thomas Jefferson in Washington, D.C., loaded with 108 botanical specimens, 68 mineral specimens, and a map of the United States drawn by William Clark.
End of Journey...
Throughout the summer, the Corps made progress toward the Rocky Mountains, nervously watching, peaks grew taller and taller as they approached. When they reached the region uted ahead of the expedition, and came across “the grandest sight I ever beheld" it was the best they ever seen.
They observed the voage and had some struggles.
Soon, the explorers were on the last leg of their westward journey, making their way down toward the Pacific Ocean. On November 7, Clark wrote in his journal, “Ocian in view! O! The joy!” In fact, the Corps had just reached the place where the Columbia widened before meeting the Pacific. Still 20 miles from the coast. Three weeks later, after battling fierce storms, the expedition finally reached the shore of the Pacific.
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. Lewis and Clark came back later on with father more tresures.