Lewis and Clark Expedition

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  • Lewis and Clark started the Corps of Discovery expedition in St. Louis, Missouri on the Mississippi River. Thomas Jefferson wanted them to explore the new lands bought in the Louisiana Purchase. He wanted them to find farm land and develop trading relationships with Natives.
  • Lewis and Clark discovered many new animals. They discovered that the land was very good for farming. This discovery would lead other Americans to move West.
  • Lewis and Clark are often credited solely for this journey. In reality, they relied on the help of Native Americans. Natives gave them resources such as food and shelter. Natives even sent their own scouts to lead the group. 
  • Sacagawea got her old tribe to assist the group. These natives would lead the group through the Rocky's.
  • Sacagawea lead the group through many different struggles. She knew the language of the natives and convinced them to help.
  • The Corps of Discovery expedition was almost two years in when they completed the Rocky's This was a challenging task because of the lack of food and cold climate. 
  • Lewis and Clark finally completed their journey when they reach the Pacific ocean. They spent the cold, rainy winter on the West coast, before turning around and crossing the Rocky's again in the summer. They finally returned to the east 6 months later. 
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