August 1, 1770 - William Clark was born August 18, 1774 - Meriwether Lewis was born Spring, 1803 - Lewis picked up as commander of expedition. Writes to William Clark to join him and share command. Clark accepts. July 4, 1803 - Announcement of Louisiana Purchase. 1803 - 1. They had to go upstream on the Missouri River 2. President Jefferson wanted them to make peace with Indian tribes. 3. President Jefferson also wanted them to explore the Louisiana Territory. May 14, 1804 - Expedition begins in St. Louis August 3, 1804 - Corps of Discovery meet with representatives of the Oto and Missouri Indians, give peace medals, 15 star flags and other gifts.
November 1804 - 1. They met Sacagawea and she helped them in many ways 2. She taught them how to dig out roots. 3. She also got them horses to help them with the journey. December 24, 1804 Fort Mandan was completeted, they moved in for the winter. 1805 - 1. They finally found the Pacific Ocean and had great joy! 2. It took them a little over two years 3. They also found new creatures such as buffalo. February 11, 1805 - Sacagawea gives birth to baby boy, Jean Baptiste. June 13, 1805 - Scouting ahead of the rest of the expedition, Lewis believes the south fork is the Missouri. Lewis also discovers four more waterfalls farther upstream. The expedition will have to travel on a boat over eighteen miles, taking nearly a month, to get past them. August 8, 1805 - Sacagawea recognizes Beaverhead Rock and says they are nearing the headwaters of the Missouri, and her people, the Shoshones. Lewis and three others scout ahead.
January 4, 1806 - President Jefferson welcomes a delegation of Missouri, Oto, Arikara, and Yankton Sioux chiefs who had met with Lewis and Clark more than a year earlier. Fall, 1806 - They return to Washington, D.C. as national heroes.The men receive double pay and 320 acres of land as reward, the captains get 1,600 acres. Lewis is named governor of the Louisiana Territory, Clark is made Indian agent for the West and brigadier general of the territory’s militia. October 11, 1809 - Lewis commits suicide at Grinders Stand, an inn south of Nashville. September 1, 1838 - William Clark dies at the home of his eldest son, Meriwether Lewis Clark. William Clark had married Julia “Judith” Hancock for whom he had named a river while on the expedition.